CAK Middle School Robotics Wins 1st Place in Robot Design
Christian Academy of Knoxville's middle school robotics team brought home the 1st place trophy in robot design at the F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League 19TH Annual East Tennessee Championship Tournament held on Saturday, February 9 at Tennessee Tech University.
FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” was founded by Dean Kamen and the LEGO Group’s Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen in 1998 as a way to engage children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology through the FIRST LEGO League experience.
Approximately 48 teams comprised of children ages 9-14 from the East Tennessee area competed against one another in this intense competition.
We are so proud of Coach Rhyne and his team! Thank you to Mrs. Rhyne, Ms. Welshan and Mr. Gibson for all of your help!
CAK's robot had to execute a number of tasks within two and a half minutes. It has an innovative interface which improves the performance of the task-specific devices. In addition, the time to change the robots attachments was reduced significantly.
According to Assistant Coach Gibson, "this unique design is a first in Lego robotics history, and has applicability in many areas in any industry where a gear transmission interface is needed." He adds "the CAK device will provide rapid changing of those attachments and enhanced stability."