Klamath Basin Robotics

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, February 22 2012 at 4:15 PM, Updated: Wed, February 22 2012 at 5:32 PM

You may not have a robot in your home just yet... But the people that will build it are now being trained.

For student Kyle Hanson, working on a robot is much more than playing with a toy.

"I've learned a lot of time management skills, which was a huge thing.  Problem solving, team work abilities, not to mention engineering skills in itself."

28 students from Klamath Falls have spent the past 6 weeks designing, building, and programming their robot for a competition.  Science teacher Dan Dickey explains...

"There's a combination of shooting baskets, and balancing - there's ramps between the two sides of the field."

Students have been working on the project seven days a week.  Their work has included building a website, (www.kbbots.com), writing essays, and even giving media interviews.

"Having interviews is just, it helps you" Says team member Chelsea Harmon.  "Especially in the job world."

A regional competition will be held in Portland starting March 9th, and advisor Dan Dickey notes there's plenty at stake...

"Last year, there were fourteen million in scholarships involved."

But the biggest prize may be the lessons learned through hard work and tenacity. 

"Last Sunday, I worked 2 hours on a math equation just to get one little angle"  Noted Kyle Hanson.  "But it was all stuff I learned in pre-calculus."

Over 58,000 students nationwide are involved in the robotics competition. 

'Segway' inventor Dean Kamen engineered the first student robotics competition back in 1989 in New Hampshire. 

This is the first year a team has been put together in the Klamath Basin.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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