CENTRAL, Texas (KTRE) - Students with Central High School Robotics team are making preparations for their trip to state competitions held in Dallas this year.
The team qualified from the Boosting Engineering Science and Technology — or BEST — competition two weeks ago.
“This robot is mainly to reconstruct the broken power lines and and do some other things like driving pipes this trenches,” said Mir Tayakmen, a student.
From concept design to building a robot, high school students are navigating a hypothetical situation where they have to restore an electrical power grid. Their robot, 0422, is built to help with reconstruction.
“We are attempting to hang high wire across, we also try to reinstall transformers varying in sizes from local transformers to like big substation transformers,” said Jackson Benton, a student.
The Central High School robotics team scored points two weeks ago at a competition in the Woodlands with the robot’s ability to navigate various terrain. That gave them the boost to go to the next round, which qualified them for state competition.
“Robotics is out future, technology is out future mainly because how far it’s advancing. We can use the robots to fix these power lines and power grids and not use a human,” said Jacob Anderson, a student.
It took at least 5 to 6 weeks from their engineering to performance to build an autonomous robot.
“It is pretty hard because our robot should be made from scratch,” Tayakmen said.
The 2019 Texas BEST and UIL competition is December 5-7.