Saturday, January 17, 2009

I don't often blog about the big guys. Why? Well, I don't really know. So tonight, it's an update on one of Joshua's passions. He attends the Center for Advances Research and Technology (CART) for half of his school day. This is his second year in the program, which is only open to juniors and seniors. He is studying robotics. This year, he is on the robotics competition team. I thought I would share some of his competitions bots.

These photos were taken at a CART expedition. The larger robot is Hog Bog. During competition, it sports a pig. For luck? perhaps. The smaller one is Pot Bot (I think).

A closer look at Hog Bot.
A closer look at Pot Bot. Look at those wheels. This thing can really move! Click here to see how it moves. It moves in all directions. It would make parallel parking a breeze! It is not competition ready here. It needs an arm to perform properly.
This photo was taken at one of his competitions. You have to get these blocks into scoring tubes to get points. It's harder than it looks. It was really fun to watch. This Pot Bot, with it's arm attached.
Click here to see Hog Bot, complete with pig in competition. It will give you a little idea of what Joshua has been up to. He will graduate in June. He's talking about programs in robotics and astronomy. Astrophysics (rocket science!). Maybe NASA! The sky is the limit! Could I be more proud?

4 comments:

Coachdad said...

Fresno, huh? Small world. He has a great blog.

We have a robotics team in our school and they love traveling and showing off their work.

M, Ms. R, Mom, Auntie M, Marey said...

Is it made from an Erector Set? I remember that stuff from when I was a kid...but my stuff never really worked right- Lego....I stick with Lego :)

Aimee said...

Okay, FINALLY checked out the videos - I'm so impressed!! Nice job, Joshua.

And I'm cracking up at the commentary during the Hot Bot comp. Is that Nate in the background saying he wants to root for blue??

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