The freshman students in Amy Faitz First Baptist Academy physical science class engaged in a knock-down battle in their lab last week.
Faitz explained when the students completed a unit on fluid mechanics and hydraulics recently she divided the teens into teams and challenged them to create hydrobots robots operated by hydraulic systems that would be pitted against one another in a battle for classroom supremacy.
Using building materials such as popsicle sticks, dowel rods, hot glue guns, tape, tubing and syringes, the teams were required to fashion small robots each operated by two hydraulic systems to face off against one another in battle.
In all, six robots were built and given names such as Team Dauntless, Team Zero, Team Woulda Coulda Shoulda, The Slapper, The Picket Fence of Death and The Swagger Machine. Each had a stationary base and an arm controlled by hydraulic systems that facilitated up and down and side to side movement. The goal in battle was to maneuver the arm with enough dexterity to flip, or tip over, the opponents robots.
Faitz said the students spent about four days perfecting their hydrobots before the battles began.