The Malden Catholic Robotics Team participates in the national Botball competition, sponsored by the KISS Institute of Practical Robotics. Participants are given seven weeks to build autonomous robots that are programmed to complete a set task without human interaction. The competition involves a documentation phase, in which students must report on their progress using flowcharts and images, the unopposed seeding round, in which the robots compete alone, and the opposed double elimination tournament, in which two teams compete head to head on the same board. Malden Catholic Robotics is organized into the following divisions:
- Programming: MC Robotics programmers use Interactive C, a derivative of C that is similar to C++, on XBC motherboards. The robot's programming must be able to work autonomously, using sensors such as touch sensors, sonar, infrared, rangefinders, and a digital camera to complete a task consistently.
- Mechanics: Mechanics team members are responsible for building the robots, with tasks ranging from constructing a solid base to making functional arms and grabbers. Students use legos, motors, servos, sensors, and the iRobot Roomba Create to construct functional robots.
- Documentation: Documentation students are responsible for documenting the team's progress throughout the competition period. Documenters submit periodic descriptions of the robots to competition judges, supplemented with images, flowcharts, and team schedules.
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