Maharishi School students regularly excel in competitions, such as the robotics championship.
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA, USA, The Review
16 January 2010
A team of six students from the Maharishi School, Fairfield, Iowa, USA , led by team captain Sam Arsanjani, recently won the Iowa robotics championship, competing against 17 other teams from across Iowa and including three out-of-state teams from Illinois and Los Angeles.
The team will now be getting ready for the 2010 World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, in April.
The competition, part of a nationwide program for students, entailed seeing whose robot would perform best in a ball-tossing game called HotShot.
The students created a robot using parts from an erector set-type kit but had to conceive the robot and do all the design, building, and programming themselves.
The students, Sam Arsanjani, Vegard Joergenson, Dominic Borg, Atreya Dey, Shuna Kaasa, and Jaren Fleishman, are members of the new Maharishi School
robotics club. Sam Arsanjani founded the club and arranged with the School and Dr. Mosumi Dey to have the students' work on the robot be part of the
curriculum as an elective taught by Ali Arsanjani, MUM computer science faculty and IBM chief technology officer for emerging technologies.
The competition is part of the FIRST Robotics Competition, which is sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by Segway inventor Dean Kamen to encourage student team-building skills, entrepreneurship, and "gracious professionalism."
The students compete under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits. This year's competition, which officially began last September 15, required teams to construct robots that competed on a 12-foot-square field in a ball-tossing game to see whose robot could shoot the most balls into a container.
The competition entails an autonomous mode in which the robot performs activities programmed by the students, and a remote mode, in which the students use remote controllers to guide the robot as it shoots the balls.
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