Nature’s Fury Season

Time to play catch up! The RoboRangers haven’t been keeping up with their blog all season but that is all about to change. Coach Susan is tackling that task week. Look for highlights of our season being posted this week. For us, it is a trip down memory lane of a really fun season!

The RoboRangers and Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon

For our project, we needed to find an expert that was familiar with the threat of hurricanes on Texas and their impact on our communities. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon responded to our email and offered our team help with our project. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon is a Professor of Meteorology at Texas A&M and the current Texas State Climatologist. We were lucky to have Dr. Nielsen-Gammon come to one of our team meetings to talk with us.   He said that the biggest unsolved problems with hurricanes are :

  • The rapid formation of storms
  • The strength of hurricane winds
  • storm surge on barrier islands, like Galveston.
  • people not evacuating.  Over 140,000 Galveston residents did not follow mandatory evacuation orders before Hurricane IKE made landfall, despite dire warnings of storm surge and certain death from forecasters.

He also talked a lot about traffic and its impact on hurricane evacuations.

Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon and the RoboRangers

New Challenge – Nature’s Fury

This year, the game theme is “Nature’s Fury”. Teams are tasked with identifying a community that can be impacted by a natural disaster, identifying a problem that the community faces when the natural disaster strikes, and then coming up with an innovative solution to that problem. The thematic playing field for the robot game is full of lego missions that simulate natural disasters that they autonomous robot needs to navigate through. It’s a pretty neat robot game this year.

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