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Robotics Club isn't just for geeks

Being on the team for three years gave him the experience needed to help out in more ways than one.

"Every year when FIRST gives us a new type of game, a strategy team is dedicated to finding the best way to play that game and take full advantage of all the nuances," said Angeliu. "This time the game has a lot of different components and trade offs we have to make. We could either have a short robot going through a tunnel or have taller robot. I don't think there will be a problem once we figure out a strategy and it won't be difficult to make the parts and mechanisms needed to play the game."

Shaina Runyon is also a junior and has participated in all aspects of robot design. Originally part of the spirit team in charge of promotion and generating excitement and interest, Runyon would also offer assistance wherever mentors or students needed it, from stripping duct tape to punching holes in fabric. This year, she took an interest in the programming side of it and said she is looking forward to having a role there.

"First you have to have basic understanding of programming, which I didn't have. We went over it before the season started and it's not difficult to understand once it's explained. It's like another language; it takes time to properly understand everything about it," said Runyon. "The robot needs programming to run so we have to make all the codes to make it actually work. We want to make an autonomous robot where it can run on its own code."

Runyon said she is excited that the game is similar to soccer because she is on the soccer team and thinks she can parlay her skills on the field to the field of technology.

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