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Take A Megabyte Out Of The Competition

Take A Megabyte Out Of The Competition

Robotics is an exciting topic, as it covers a lot of team-building exercises. Building a robot isn’t easy, as it requires a lot of skill, but for LSHS head robotics coach, Dave Lount, this is something that the team thrives on. However, as there is a lot of skill involved, there are a lot of skilled people needed. 

Lount, who was questioned about what it takes to join the team, said, “No tryouts, any who wants to join is welcome.” 

This is good information because if you’ve encountered an experience that is open to all grade levels, then the interest in that will be tremendous. As there is the fact that if you’re a complete beginner in robotics, this team environment is perfect for you. After all, it will open you up to the possibilities of moving forward with robotics.

“Under strict rules and limited time and resources, teams of high school students are challenged to build industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game in alliance with other teams, while also fundraising to meet their goals, designing a team ‘brand,’ and advancing respect and appreciation for STEM within the local community,” Lount said. 

Members are faced with a tough challenge, then that could help shape the team’s chemistry.

Lount spoke about some of the robotics team’s accomplishments. He said, “Our biggest accomplishment came last year. It was making it to the playoff rounds in our first competition.”

This is a big confidence boost for the team, which is vital to building a winning program.

However, this isn’t easy, as there is some intense competition. This will lead to a requirement of having a set of people who have good confidence, and some good chemistry. 

“The skills required are hard work, and the team members must be willing to learn,” Lount said. If a team has good chemistry, they’ll have good confidence, as stated earlier.

Lount is encouraging any interested student to join robotics. 

Lount gave some insight into team competitions. He said, “All teams are given the same challenge in January. We must build the robot and have it ready for competitions by March.” 

This is vital to the program as if the team gets to the highest level of their competition, then they’ll need to perform at their highest level.

“We have two competitions with other high schools. One at Troy Athens and one at Macomb Community College,” Lount said. 

This information is vital because if there are fans of the robotics program, they’ll want to see their team(s) compete. These two competitions are good opportunities for robotics fans to come out and see what the different robotics teams can do.

When Lount was asked about scholarship opportunities, he said, “Yes.” This is a big piece of information, as it provides even more incentive to join, especially if there are high schoolers who are looking forward to going to a high-end college. That money could help immensely.

Lount finally said, “A team that works well together and a working robot.” 

In summary, if you join Lount as a member of the LSHS robotics team, you’ll be in for an experience that will allow you to build relationships that will last a lifetime.

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Michael Roda, Staff Writer
Hello, My name is Michael Roda, I’m 18 years old, and in my senior year at Lake Shore High School. My top 2 hobbies are the following, #1, making music on my 2 acoustic guitars, and my ukulele, and writing stories. In fact, in the 83 days that elapsed from Friday, June 16th, 2023, to the 1st day of school, Tuesday, September 5th, 2023, I wrote 8 different novels. These novels include The Bowling Bonanza, The Secluded Species, Velocity: Unleashing The Jet-Powered Revolution, Mental Madness, Bowling For The Ages, The Scarring Story, The Sneaky Swordsmith, and The Gruesome Game. All of these novels differ in length. The Bowling Bonanza was 19 pages long, The Secluded Species was 12 pages long, Velocity: Unleashing The Jet-Powered Revolution was 15 pages long, Mental Madness was 16 pages long, Bowling For The Ages was 17 pages long, The Scarring Scar was 12 pages long, The Stealthy Swordsmith was 13 pages long, and The Gruesome Game was 14 pages long. This is my second Summer break in a row, where I’ve been writing novels. In fact, during the 83 days that elapsed during Summer break 2022, which spanned from Friday, June 17th, 2022, to the 1st day of school of the 2022-2023 school year, Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, I wrote 10 different novels, Ice Age #2, The Deep Freeze, Late, Natural Disasters, The Dream Decimator, Police Pandemonium, The 30th Anniversary, The Dramatic Drift (which I worked on with fellow senior Nathan Smith), The Great Fire, The Mythical Music Festival, The Supercar Showdown, YouTuber Edition, and The Zombie Apocalypse, Mankind's Final Frontier. Like the novels I mentioned earlier, all 10 of these novels varied in length. Ice Age #2, The Deep Freeze was 12 pages long, Late was 15 pages long, Natural Disasters, The Dream Decimator was 17 pages long, Police Pandemonium was 14 pages long, The 30th Anniversary was 9 pages long, The Dramatic Drift was 70 pages long, The Great Fire was 36 pages long, The Mythical Music Festival was 16 pages long, The Supercar Showdown, YouTuber Edition was 14 pages long, and The Zombie Apocalypse, Mankind's Final Frontier was 13 pages long. All of this novel writing, sparked when I was in the Writers’ Club in my 7th and 8th grade years, the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 LSPS school years, where I wrote 6 different novels. These novels include An Alarming Automotive Accident, Discovery (which was a 2-parter), The Supercar Showdown, and Speed, (which like Discovery was a 2-parter). All 6 of these novels, like the 17 novels mentioned earlier, differed in length. An Alarming Automotive Accident was 4 pages long, Discovery (which was a 2-parter), was in total, 8 pages long, with part 1 being 3 pages long, and part 2 being 5 pages long, The Supercar Showdown was 7 pages long, and Speed, (which like Discovery was a 2-parter), was in total, 8 pages long, with part 1 being 3 pages long, and part 2 being 6 pages long. All of these activities, however, were during my free time. In the intervening time between writing novels, and making music, during the 3 years of middle school, I didn’t have anything going on, until I got into my high school years, where I had 2 other activities occurring. The 1st came 1 week after school got out, on Thursday, June 22nd, and spanned to Sunday, June 25th, 2023. It was a leadership conference at Michigan State University in East Lansing, known as MYLead, which is an acronym for Michigan Youth Leadership. It was at this conference that I was working behind the scenes, as a Logistics Intern (LI). This was my 2nd year at Michigan State University, as I also attended last year from Friday, June 24th, 2022, to Sunday, June 26th, 2022, as a Young Leader (YL). Then, 15 days after the 2023 MYLead conference, on Monday, July 10th, 2023, I began working as a store worker at Great Lakes ACE Hardware, which spanned over 24 days, 4 days a week, for 6 weeks. This spanned from Monday, July 10th, 2023, to Thursday, August 17th, 2023, where I was working from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. This is my 2nd year working, as I worked at Big Lots last year, from Monday, July 11th, 2022, to Thursday, August 18th, 2022. After the 2023 program concluded, I earned $1,045.35. This is $68.11 more than I earned last year, as when I worked at Big Lots, I was working during the same timeframe, from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M, and I managed to earn $977.24. However, this work wasn’t the traditional job, where you go in for an interview. This was through Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) (Gesher Human Services), which is a non-profit organization, which is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. These totals were because while I was in this program over the last two Summers, I was getting paid minimum wage, which was $9.87/hour in 2022, and this increased to $10.10/hour in 2023. My goals after high school are to build up enough money, buy a 1.1-acre piece of land, and build my 3-story, 38,383ft2 dream house. After I pay off that house, I would then travel to my local Lexus dealer, and then purchase my dream car, a 2022 Lexus LS.

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