Lufkin robotics team has six weeks to build robot

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Six weeks is all one group of Lufkin high schoolers have to build a fully-functioning robot.

The Lufkin High School Robotics team is creating a robot that will compete against 68 teams in Houston this March at the Regional FIRST competition.

The team was awarded $5,000 in grants from NASA and $1,000 from the Lufkin JC Penny store. It's paying for them to compete.

This week the team is splitting up into groups to design the robot.

"It's building a robot in six weeks. It's complicated. There's lots of work to do in a short amount of time. It's done like that to simulate what it will be like if you go into an engineering profession," said Cody Belcher, a junior on the team.

Once completed, the robot must be capable of completing a challenge involving placing inflatable objects on pegs attached to a wall.

A mini robot will also be built to fit inside the robot.

The mini robot will have to finish the challenge by climbing up a pole.

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