Robotics’ “Puppy Dog Program”

Robotics class has been working hard at finishing their robot. With only six weeks to design, build and test a robot, students have been staying late into the night to finish their creation.

The Robotics Competition is March 27-29 at Williams Arena on the U of M campus. The competition game this year involves picking up, passing and shooting a two foot yoga ball. This presented the students with many challenges, but they were able to work through them all and finish on time. One of the most fun problems to solve was to come up with the name of the robot… so the students decided on “Sir RC Swaggerdee III.” The programming team is still working hard to ensure a fully operational robot. They have developed code for the robot to follow a red ball and any student wearing red. They call it the “Puppy Dog” program.

-Dan Forseth, Robotics Teacher/Advisor
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Math Team Scores a Third Place Finish

Our third event of the season was held at Cretin Derham Hall on Monday, December 16. The team gathered at the front of SPP then we rushed out in the gently falling snow to catch our bus. It was one of our longer rides and on the way, team members studied their worksheets on basimals (fractions written in different bases – one of this year’s challenge topics).

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We have been competing with only 7 team members this season rather than the allowed 8 – we have only one underclassperson on the team instead of the allowed two. This has worked to our disadvantage in the first two meets; despite a good effort from all involved, we were only able to finish 5th both times. For this meet, however, we leapt into second place after the first event, only one point behind Central High School. The second event was also a good one for us, as we scored better than most of the teams. We only had two members competing in the third event (normally a team is allowed four), but even with this small contingent, we managed not to lose too much ground. Our fourth event was also strong, and we went into the team event in a good position. The team event was difficult, but the team pulled through with 4 out of 6 for 16 more points, and a third place finish.

This leaves us in 5th place for the season, but with the opportunity to finish third overall if we continue to perform well for the last two meets. Everyone left with a renewed sense of purpose and are expecting to study hard (in between finals) for the last two meets.

– Jim Walker, Math Teacher, Math Team Adviser

It’s not too late to join the SPP Math Team! Visit www.stpaulprep.org for information regarding Math Team and all of the clubs that SPP offers.