Dr. Paul Ogle
It’s not science fiction: Members of the Southeast Cyber Engineers, otherwise known as Robotics Club, are actually building a robot.
And that’s not all… While the team does focus on making robots, they also work on design, marketing, programming and engineering.
The team — president Logan Sanders, vice president Ben Monday, chief of engineering Matthew Redden, chief of marketing Greyson Pembleton, and chief of programming is Charlie Weiss — started their robotics work early this year.
Principle Dr. Paul Ogle sponsors the team.
“We deal with what an engineer would normally deal with, if a person wanted to make a product and sell it. It’s a real-world competition,” Ogle said.
He added that adding the robotics program is beneficial to students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) interests.
“This meets the STEM needs of students in the building that really want to do robotics and programming, marketing, and make presentations to CEO’s,” he said.
Ogle said that he had started robotics clubs in two other schools. When asked why he thought robotics was essential to our school, he replied that robotics club is “an inexpensive way of getting exposure and experience with robotics and engineering industry.”
“There are a lot of jobs out there for people in the robotics industry, engineering industry, and designing industry,” he said.
The robotics team is currently working on creating a robot. The robot is made from scratch with used parts given to Southeast to use on their robot. After the robot is built and if the team decides they want to keep part or all of the robot, then they have to purchase it.
Vice president Ben Monday said that the team traveled to Wichita to get all of the materials and specifications needed to build the robot.
One of the challenges the team has faced is finding a place to build the robot. Ogle said the team is looking for a location to build and store the robot since there is no place to build the robot and no room to store it here at school.
Another challenge is finding a meeting time. The cyber engineering team meets after sports practice or whenever anyone can come.
“Everyone is so busy, and we want to make sure that everyone who wants to be in Robotics can be in it,” Ogle said.
The first competition will be Kansas Best Competition on Oct. 26 at Koch Arena at WSU.
“At competitions we hope to have cheerleaders, the band playing in the background, and have the whole school to cheer us on,” Ogle said.