Snobot gets a workout during the 1st Annual STEM Day at Liverpool High School. Part of the team that created the machine includes senior Samantha Roberts, left, junior Tommy Williams, who worked on the robot’s programming, and senior Jeff LaFlamme.
continued The programming is just one component of the project, though, and together the team is comprised of approximately 60 students who have created the robot from the ground up.
Senior Jeff LaFlamme, who is credited with much of the design, manufacturing and assembly of Snobot, said the club was given the option to choose between two types of robots to make — either a tip and score or shooter concept.
While the hands-on portion of working on the project is good practice for those who plan to go into engineering fields, LaFlamme said there are a lot of really fun parts like being on a team and getting to work closely with friends.
“You do learn a lot ... a lot of weird physics concepts,” he said.
Those concepts, though, have already given LaFlamme a chance for real world application as, with the help of one of the club’s mentors, he’s already landed a job with RoboShop in Corcoran. Everything he does on the job, though has been learned through robotics club.
On the opposite side of the gym, and different end of the engineering spectrum, Cicero-North Syracuse students displayed a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that can achieve the equivalent to 1,800 miles to the gallon, said senior Nick Cifaratta. The Shell Eco-Marathon car, built by the school’s engineering club, is an effort to try to make the greenest vehicle possible.
According to Cifaratta, the competition the team attends in Houston is dominated by college students and completed as college senior engineering projects. Last year the team beat Duke Universtiy and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As high school students competing against their college counterparts and winning, senior Joe Stokes said it “just show you want you can do.”
“A lot of things we do on the car you can’t teach in a classroom,” he said.