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AIC Seminar Series

Special Robot Presentation by Gunn High School Robotics Team

Gunn High School Robotics TeamGunn High School[Home Page]

Date:  Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 at 4:00pm

Location:  G Building Main Conference Room (G-124)  (Directions)


Please join us for a special presentation on FIRST Robotics as seen through the eyes of the Gunn High School Robotics team. The presentation will include a visit by their 2013 robot! Here's a video of their robot playing Frisbee at the first regional in Houston, TX this year.

FIRST Robotics is an annual program for high school students that teaches real world engineering in the spirit of competition and gracious professionalism. Each year, FIRST develops a challenge and teams of students have six weeks to design, prototype, test, build, program, and debug a robot to play a new game. Objectives vary from year to year, to introduce new ways of thinking and problem solving.

This year's challenge, Ultimate Ascent, requires the robot to maneuver around a large field, picking up and shooting frisbees into goals on the opposite side of the field. This year the Gunn robot could pick up frisbees and shoot them quickly and accurately into goals. The Gunn robot has won the Utah Regional, and has participated at the Lone Star Regional, Silicon Valley Regional, and the St. Louis World Championships.

   Bio for Gunn High School Robotics Team

The Gunn Robotics Team (GRT) was founded in 1996 by Bill Dunbar, a mechanical engineer and physics instructor at Gunn High School. Today, the team is a showpiece for the school district, and the curriculum that Dunbar has developed for the program is used as a model for the State of California's Career Technical Education standards. The GRT is entirely student-managed team, with students charting the course for the team, overseeing every aspect of the robot, from design and manufacture to assembly. Members learn a wide variety of skills, including product design, machining, 3D design, programming and animation. The team competes in at least two regional competitions every year across the nation, and has won a regional in each of the last two years. GRT is the only team to have won the Autodesk International Animation Award three times (1997, 2006, & 2012). The GRT has also won multiple judged awards, such as Engineering Excellence, Industrial Design, and Safety.

About SRI's involvement in this effort

SRI employee Karl van Dyk has donated his time to serve as a mentor for the Gunn Robotics Team for several years, and SRI has been a financial sponsor for this and several other robotics teams.

The students at Gunn can't wait to express their appreciation and show off their work. They think that you'll be impressed at what high school students are doing in their classrooms! You are welcome to bring your children to the presentation as it promises to be an exciting event.

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