A top scoring team in FIRST Robotics shows off just what some high-school students are capable of. Called the Simbot SideSwipe, their 2015 robot is a slick piece of mechatronic genius, which according to our tipster was built in just six weeks by the students.
The robot is essentially a remote controlled palletizing forklift, capable of collecting and stacking six recycling totes, and a green bin. It’s an impressive combination of mechanical control and fabrication — though it is worth noting, these bots are remote controlled — not autonomous.
To encourage learning, the team has posted their engineering report, and even the CAD model online. They obviously had quite a bit of funding judging by their component selection, but regardless, we’re seriously impressed with both the design and execution of manufacturing their robot — especially if it was really built in just six weeks. Just take a look at the following videos:
FIRST Robotics, (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a world wide foundation dating back to 1989 dedicated to inspiring our youth into the pursuit of science and technology. It is the world’s leading STEM engagement program for kids internationally.
The competition and robot entries have come a long way since we first covered FIRST 7 years ago!