Student engineers tee up for robot golf at Virginia Beach challenge

First Colonial High School freshmen Nathan Krebs (right) and Christian Kandiyeli "tune up" their robot minutes before competing. (Judah Taylor/Southside Daily)
First Colonial High School freshmen Nathan Krebs (right) and Christian Kandiyeli “tune up” their robot minutes before competing. (Judah Taylor/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The nearly-silent sounds of clanks, banks and taps drowned out the high-tech Navy fighter jets that screamed overhead Friday — at least for those in the Convention Center.

About 2,000 gathered to watch the 2016 Virginia Beach STEM Robotics Challenge. Elementary, middle and high school students from more than 60 schools put their homemade contraptions to the year’s test: Knock a golf ball into the hole before time runs out.

Some robots were made out of 3-D printed materials. Others used items from around the house, like a pingpong paddle and wheels from an old office chair. All of them — belonging to one of 154 teams tinkering since October — competed to move on in the ranks.

Here are some photos of their day.

All photos by Judah Taylor/Southside Daily.

 

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