Engineers from Keller Technology Corporation’s Buffalo area location invested in the next generation by taking on a small mentorship roll in conjunction with St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. Michael Daigler and Matt Mensavage helped students and faculty build a working robot for this year’s FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional Competition at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY.
The competition attracted 50 high school teams that had 6 weeks to design and build a working robot according to competition specifications. The program gives students a glimpse into the professional world of science and technology, encouraging them to meet deadlines and learn what it’s like to actually be an engineer.
The team from St. Joseph’s had to employ problem-solving skills prior to the competition when they discovered that their machine fully equipped was 14 lbs. over the maximum weight limit. Testing the hoist uncovered a week area as well, and a ¼-inch plate holding the ball nut had to be reinforced and the locking collar at the top of the ball screen had to be redesigned—all while considering the total weight of the machine. Lighter parts were substituted resulting in a lighter machine that could still stabilize the robot’s cube handler.
St. Joseph’s Mechanical Lead Mentor Daniel Massing expressed gratitude for Daigler and Mensavage’s help and expertise on the project.
“We appreciated the time you provided to the team and the KTC resources for this year’s competition,” Massing said. “It was a pleasure working with KTC, and we all profited from the experience.”
Learn more about how the students from St. Joseph’s prepared for the competition, as well as coverage of the FIRST Robotics Competition at RIT in the videos below.