They haven't named it yet but their "football throwing" robot is a source of pride for the Compton HS students - most of them on the robotics team - who spent part of the summer answering a challenge.
"He said he could beat us but we're gonna try to beat him with this - we're gonna overpower him," said Frank Macias, who explained what they created.
"Our football shooter consists of a mobile wheelchair and a football throwing machine. We bought the parts and robotized them in order to shoot footballs at a pace that a professional football player could keep up with."
"We all try to be overall engineers," said Alex Diaz. "Everybody has to know the basics. Having all the team have a background in engineering is key to this project’s success."
Angelica Hernandez, who wants to pursue a career in biomedical engineering, says there were lots of challenges.
"We had to modify the controller so it would move with the servos. The biggest challenge: Getting the servos right." The easy part, she said, was working together as a team. "We’re pretty comfortable with each other – we’re a big family."
Their teacher, Philip May, said there was no shortage of challenges and opportunities to take their robotics knowledge to the next level.
"Design process, manufacturing, business, ordering materials, laying out the entire process before you buy or build anything. It has to be researched. What’s out there in the market. And then put in a lot of time."
"The students have done fantastic but they’re fantastic students anyway," he added.