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From The News-Courier staff—
KNOX CITY–Stony Krusemark and Coy Krusemark and Knox City High School put on a big robotic league event with over 330 students and coaches from 33 teams here earlier this month.
Joining the host school were high school teams from Lubbock Cooper, Lubbock Coronado, Crowell, New Home, Lubbock Talkington, All Saints, Guthrie, Lubbock, Denver City, Loop, Meadow and Laura Bush Middle School and Irons Middle School.
“The event was a great success for a small-town high school of only 75 students,” said Stony Krusemark. “Special thanks go to our student volunteers Alfredo Abila and Linda Castro.
Members of the Knox City team were Alan Ao, Corbin Cox, Dylan Kuehne, Gabriel Ruiz, Gilbert Trevino, Izzy Burkham, Jacob Gonzalez, Jacob Gross, Julian Herrera, Sam Barnard and Victor Bonetto. Stony Krusemark is the technology director.
In the matches, the objective of the game is to attain a higher score than the opponent just like in sports by delivering stones and skyboxes from the loading zone to the building zone.
Matches are played in two distinct periods: Autonomous and Driver-Controlled. They start with a 30-second period which robots operate using only pre-programmed instructions and sensor inputs. Points are earned by During repositioning their foundation in their building site; delivering stones from the loading zone to the building zone; placing stones on their foundation; and navigating robots under their segment of the skybridge.
The two-minute Driver-Controlled Period follows with teams earning points by delivering and placing stones from the loading zone to the building stone. Robots will also build skyscrapers to go as high as possible without toppling over.
The final 30 seconds of this period is called the End Game. Teams earn points by capping their skyscrapers with a supplied capstone, moving their foundations out of the building site, and parking their robot in their building site