It maybe more like Seabiscuit than Secretariat for the Mustang robotics team this year.
This is the first year Oologah will have an entry in the national robotics competition. The team chose the name “Warhorse.” They haven’t named their robot yet, but they joked that it should be named after a famous horse.
“Our goal is to be the top rookie team. I think we have a good chance,” said robotics coach Danny Pruett.
Based on early scouting reports, Pruett said Oologah could be the favorite for the rookie award.
“I’m hoping we’ll win rookie of the year. My team’s the best,” said team Warhorse captain Brandon Ingram. “We had a lot of good ideas. The hardest part was having to pick just one.”
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology or FIRST sponsors the yearly competition. This year’s game was announced Jan. 5.
The Oologah team traveled toStillwaterto hear the announcement at the kickoff event sponsored by NASA. Teams received kits with no instructions containing motors, batteries, a control system, a PC and automation components.
This year’s game is called Ultimate Ascent. Two alliances with three teams each will try to score Frisbees in goals on a playing field. Higher goals are worth more points. At the end of the two minute match, teams can earn bonus points by climbing a pyramid tower in the middle of the field.
“This competition will be similar in many ways to how we designed, built and tested the NASA Mars Curiosity rover now exploring on the red planet,” said John Grunsfeld, Head of Science at NASA.