PERRY - This year, a team of Perry High School students has partnered with the Fredon Corporation of Mentor, to design and build a robot to compete with other area schools in robotics competitions.
Members of the Perry robotics team include: Courtney Brassow, Zak Kramer, Blaine Luszcak, Darrin Neiman, Evan Nichols, Josh Tamburlin and Caleb Ziamba. Student advisors are Suzanne Tetonis and Bonnie Kovacic. Fredon coaches are Rich Ditto and Scott Rebec.
On March 31, in Dayton, the Perry Team took second place at the ION Mini-Urban Challenge. The victory in this competition, which included teams from 18 area high schools, has won them a trip to the national competition in Washington D. C., where they will compete May 26.
The Mini-Urban Challenge is a national competition sponsored by the Institute of Navigation and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory that challenges high school students to design and operate a robotic car to autonomously navigate a model city. For more information, visit their website: http://miniurbanchallenge.com/.
The Robotics team is also preparing to battle at the AWT (Alliance for Working Together) RoboBots competition at Lakeland Community College April 28. AWT RoboBots is a regional competition affiliated with the National Robotics League (NRL) which promotes and encourages the exploration of careers in manufacturing.
In this competition, the team designs, engineers, manufactures and builds a 15-pound combat robot to face-off in an NRL-sanctioned regional competition. Local manufacturing companies are paired with the high school teams of students to lend their facilities, employees and expertise.
To learn more about RoboBots, visit: www.thinkmfg.com - scroll down the homepage to “Community” and select “AWT Robobots.”