The Known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land.  -T.H. Huxley, 1887




Ever since High School I've been interested in robotics. My first real robot was a Sumo Robot I built in my electronics class. We had a remote and you tried to make your robot push the other robot out of a ring. I built two robots for this. The first was a wedge shaped robot, the plan was to scoop up the other robots and tip them over so they could be easily pushed. This robot worked great and I won a lot. However, this wasn't enough for me, I had to do better. Since a lot of people use this idea I needed something different, also I was winning, but not dominating as much as I really like. So the next robot I made was more of a bull dozer in shape. This robot used a scoop in the front similar to a bull dozer, I made it out of aluminum to give it a sharp edge. I added two bricks of lead on the robot to make it really heavy, then I geared it down a lot to give it high torque. This guy was pretty much unbeatable. That robot is currently mounted with a plaque on the wall in my electronics class.



Here's a pic I found on the schools robotic teams website. You can see my robot in the upper left, its the second thing from the left hanging on the wall.