I’ll bet you never built a robot quite like Lady Launch-a-Lot when you were a kid!

 

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One of our favorite times of the month is when we get to meet the winners of our Community Commitment, and December’s winner was a special treat.

 

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MAYHEM First Robotics Team (also known as Milford Area Youth Homeschoolers Enriching Minds), a team of local high school students, blew us away with a live demonstration of their robot, the aptly named Lady Launch-a-Lot. Lady’s goal? To pick up, aim, and launch balls at targets while competing against another robot and navigating an obstacle course. The students built their robot virtually from scratch in less than six weeks to compete in robotics competitions across the state and even nationwide.

 

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Students must follow strict guidelines and use limited resources to “raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get,” says the FIRST Robotics website. FIRST Robotics competitions have been billed as “the ultimate sport for the mind.”

Talk about a challenge!

Per FIRST Robotics rules, Team MAYHEM (one of the best acronyms I’ve come across in a while) had six weeks to build Lady to compete in an competitive season which can last up to an additional six weeks. During the “build” portion of the season, Team MAYHEM met every day except Sunday, displaying an impressive level of dedication and mental ability.

Lady can operate under manual control or automatically, and she is equipped with wi-fi technology, but she also boasts a variety of special features, such as:

Per FIRST Robotics rules, Team MAYHEM (one of the best acronyms I’ve come across in a while) had six weeks to build Lady to compete in an competitive season which can last up to an additional six weeks. During the “build” portion of the season, Team MAYHEM met every day except Sunday, displaying an impressive level of dedication and mental ability.

Lady can operate under manual control or automatically, and she is equipped with wi-fi technology, but she also boasts a variety of special features, such as:

Image Processing Unit – This device measures the distance between targets, reading the reflection off of special tape placed on targets and obstacles.

Linear Puncher – The launching mechanism uses about 100 pounds of force, and is equipped with a special, super strong cord which it uses to launch balls up to 15 feet forward and up to 9 feet up.

Arched Wheels – Lucy’s middle wheels are higher than her front and back wheels, which makes it easier for her to drive over obstacles.

Lady weighs up to 150 pounds with batteries, and can reach speeds of up to 10 mph.

Note: Team MAYHEM also used a 3D printer to create low pressure mounts so Lady could stop chewing the teeth off her gears. They built that, too, from a kit.

 

Watch Team MAYHEM’s Lady Launch-a-Lot in action!

 

Sanford’s Community Commitment donation will surely help fund the creation of an even more impressive robot in 2017. We wish Team MAYHEM the best of luck!

We do have one question, however: are any of them looking for a job?

 


Adrian Wasylyshyn

 

 

 

 

 

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