MHS Robotics finishes season
Mustang High School’s First Robotics program finished their season at the Cox Convention Center. It’s the seventh year MHS has had a robotics program. The robotics club has been in existence since 2000.
Matt Moore, who teaches AP Calculus, AP Statistics and PreAP precalculus, is also the First Robotics Coach. He was pleased with the team’s performance and the robot they created. At the competition, though, schools are paired to form “alliances” and had to battle another alliance together.
“The students and the robot were consistently good within their alliances, but their alliances did not perform well overall,” he said. “The students did their best and created a robot that could complete all of the tasks in the challenge.”
Moore said the robot was particularly good at making its way to a tower-like structure and delivering large plastic gears to an opening. The robot was also able to successfully climb a rope at the end.
Work started on the project at the beginning of the school year and tells only a fraction of the story of the robotics program, which included equipping the machine shop with tools and storage for robot parts. The group also participated in numerous community events from Western Days to STEAM Night (science, technology, engineering, art and math) at Horizon Intermediate.
“The students built three robots and took two of them to the State Championship,” Moore said. “They also created a Chairman’s Award submission with an accompanying video. They enlisted the assistance of other groups in our school to help run concessions at our robotics contest, build our pit area, and create the "rope" line our robot had to climb as part of the FRC challenge.”
Perhaps the most important accomplishment of the year is that they brought robotics to students with special needs. Mustang High School has the first Unified Robotics program in Oklahoma, which brings diversity and inclusion to STEM education.
“Overall I was pleased,” Moore said. “Although we weren’t selected for an alliance for the finals at the state competition, they accomplished a great deal since August. It has been a good year.”