The brainstorming was in full swing as a robotics team is up for a challenge for the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition.
The team at Homestead High School in Indiana had only six weeks to build a functioning robot that would compete against area teams.
The team won “Rookie All-Star” at the Indiana championship last year, and students huddled around whiteboard scratchings and tables hoping to compete at the national championship in St Louis.
The challenge is to build a recycling robot who stacks totes and garbage bins the highest in 2 1/2 minutes.
“It replicates the real world,” said lead mentor and Homestead teacher Robert Steverson.. “We don’t do that in school – we don’t give them an assignment and not give them enough time to finish it. That doesn’t work well. But that’s what this program does, today a problem was given to them, and now they have six weeks to come up with a solution. It sparks imagination, it sparks creativity, but it’s the real world.”