Vacaville High School robot work launched – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A digital clock, hanging high on a wall in Phil Jenschke’s classroom, read “29 days, 9 hours, 57 minutes, 14 seconds.”

Early Saturday afternoon, with the seconds, minutes, hours and days getting fewer, tick by tick, that was the deadline for the Robodogs, Vacaville High’s robotics club, to finish its robot for entry into two regional robotics competitions.

Using power and hand tools, an arc welder, a milling machine and computer software, Jenschke and more than two dozen students were noisily amid “build season.” It is the six-week period in which they have to design, build, program, fabricate and test a working “bot” for the competitions, March 7 to 9 at Madera South High in Madera and March 13 to 15 at the University of California, Davis.

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