Deepwater Junior High’s invention team, Automatic Tank Wheelchair Corp. won first place by designing a wheelchair that will climb stairs. Members of that team were Andres Cano, Herbert Lopez and Cesar Cardenas.
Lopez said their invention would help disabled people be able to get up and down stairs.
“Putting in the gyro sensor was the hardest part. It is a little box that will control the wheelchair and make it stable so the person will be safer in the chair,” said Lopez.
Cano said the difference between their robot and others is that theirs could potentially change the world.
“We just knew we had made first. Sometimes I got myself nervous that we weren’t going to be in first place but then it just turned out to be a miracle or something,” he said.
Deer Park High School had two robotics invention teams advance to the state competition, with one team placing first. Debora Mroczek, Erin Taylor, Chase Moen and James York designed and built a CPR robot that earned the state’s top spot.
Mroczek said the team came up with the idea for the robot because they wanted a robot that could help people.
“After some brainstorming, we thought of how seniors have to learn CPR to graduate now. This could potentially help students like us,” said Taylor.
Taylor said the hardest part of building their robot was making it stable.
“We had to come up with a design which is a prototype. It would fall apart very easily. We had to think of a lot of different ways to make the robots stable,” said Taylor.
It took the DPHS robotics team seven months to conceptualize and build the robot and design a marketing plan.
“[The Robotics teams] accomplishment would not have been possible without our student’s commitment and determination to be the best and without the support and commitment of our [Chief Technoloy Officer] and [the] Technology department to the Robotics program,” said DPHS Robotics teacher Shaib Alagily.
Seventh-grade students Alex Mendoza, Brennon Landry, Greg Ortega from Bonnette Junior High also competed at state robotics competition. They tied for 16th place with a robot that would mow and water people's yards.
Landry said the hardest part of the process for their team was building the robot.
“It took a while to be built. Setting up how the robot was going to be laid out took time. Deciding which parts are [going to] be where because it was such a big robot,” said Landry.