1/4/2017 8:25:00 AM Robotics team preps for new season using laptops, new AutoCAD software
Windom Area Middle High School students involved with the school's VEX Robotics program are ramping up toward their first meets of the year. They're also learning a new component of the program.
For the first time, the Windom Eagles Robotics teams are starting to dabble in AutoCAD (computer aided design) software technology.
In the past, Windom teams have built their robots by hand and tested their robots through trial-and-error. And while they are still doing that in the young season, they expect to be doing most of that trial-and-error later this year using the AutoCAD program.
"They're just starting to learn this - we're starting at square one," admits Kent Kelly, who is heading up the program this year.
Kelly is taking over the program after the resignation of Bob Ruby, who started the VEX Robotics program in Windom four years ago.
Because the transition from one coach to another took longer than expected the robotics teams have have competed with just one team in December, but will begin competing with the rest of the teams starting Saturday in St. Cloud. The later start has allowed Kelly to help his students toy with the AutoCAD software. Eventually, he will use the VEX EDR Curriculum, which is free to all VEX Robotics programs.
For more on the curriculum and the VEX Robotics game teams are playing this season, see the story in the Jan. 4 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.