By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Korey Archer’s first foray into the Robotics Club at McNary High School last year was enough of a jumpstart to his interest in mechanical engineering that he ended up making four more robots “under the table” only revealing them to teacher Doug Stuivenga after they were completed.
“The second one was a dragster that had a really slow start, but it would stay in a wheelie after it got going,” Archer said.
This year, Archer is the only veteran member of the Celtic Robotics Club, but he’s shepherding a half-dozen or so newcomers into the world of robotics competition. On Saturday, Nov. 23, the club is partnering with McNary’s AVID students to host a holiday bazaar at the high school, 595 Chemawa Road N. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help cover the team’s entry fees and buy replacement parts, like motors and gears, for ones that aren’t functional any longer.
“We already have the robot built for this year’s competition, but we need to add an arm,” Archer said.
“It’s a lot of trial-and-error, but it’s fun and challenging,” added Kade Gonzales.
Each year, the VEX robotics competitions release a set of obstacles and chores that each team’s robot must complete successfully. Students compete against teams from other schools for the top scores.
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