EUGENE, Ore. — A team of Eugene high school students brought a robot to life and faced off with students from across the Pacific Northwest at the Portland championships. On Friday, the public has a chance to see the robot, named Byter.
Students say they use controls to let it move and spin around, catch a ball and handle the ball. The team says it took a long time for them to finally accomplish it, but the hard work was all worth it.
“When our robot caught the ball, everyone was ecstatic and it was really fun, because that’s what it was designed to do,” says Perrin Dunn with SERT.
“Everyone was elated. It was a great time. We were hearing the cheers from the competition when everything worked, and we had a great match,” said Aubrey Anderson.
The team says on some days they worked until midnight to bring Byter to life. They say the most important lesson they learned was teamwork, along with gratitude for the help from community sponsors.
If you would like to meet Byter and the team, students will be at Roosevelt Middle School at 6 p.m. on Friday.