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March 11, 2014 > Hayward High robot to compete at regional competition

Hayward High robot to compete at regional competition

Submitted By Hayward Education Foundation

Mr. George Moore, Hayward High SchoolÕs physics and general science teacher, has quite a reputation for competing in robotic competitions all over the country. He won a regional championship and national title for web programming and design while teaching ÒIntroduction to RobotsÓ at Tennyson High 1998 - 2005. The class also introduced students to basic theories of drafting and design; students designed an obstacle course for robots that were required to identify various object along their route.

ÒThe success the teams have had was due to the studentsÕ hard work,Ó stated Moore. ÒIn particular, I would like to highlight Tennyson parent volunteer, Becky Sherman, who spent hours volunteering for this program.Ó

In 2013, Mr. Moore transferred to Hayward High School where he continues to teach Physics and science classes. He mentioned some of his experiences in robotics at Tennyson and one of his students, Arron Chon, wanted to explore the possibility of starting a club at Hayward High. At lunchtime, with three of his friends, Arron started the Robotics Club.

With some leftover LEGOÕs, PVC pipe and other parts from his time at Tennyson, Mr. Moore became the advisor for the newly formed group; training began in mid 2013. They learned the basics of computer programming and designed a game board with various shaped and colored objects. With re-designed ÒRoombaÓ vacuum cleaners - camera equipped, color sensitive and more mobile - the club, now with seven members, formed a competitive team.

The goal of the competition is for ÒRoombaÓ bots to maneuver around a board, avoiding obstacles, in pursuit of Òbot guyÓ (an ailing astronaut returning from Mars, weakened by gravity).

With multiple grants from NASA Ames Education funds, The University of Oklahoma, Youth employment program (YEP), Cognex Industries, KISS institute of practical robotics and Hayward Education Foundation, a combined amount of $2,500 was received in support of the Hayward High Robotics Club.

Hayward High will be one of only two public schools in the area to compete in the upcoming regional Robotics competition on April 12, 2014. It is their hope to represent Hayward High at the ÒGlobal Conference on Educational RoboticsÓ July 30 to August 3 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Regional Robotics ÒBotballÓ Competition
Saturday, Apr 12
9 a.m. Ð 3 p.m.
Independence High School
1776 Educational Park Dr, San Jose


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