James Robert Payne

Mr. Payne and Mr. Platt develop the “Hydraulic Robot Challenge” to enrich their comprehensive engineering program. After exploring robots and hydraulic systems used in everyday life through field trips to a robotic surgery lab and a construction equipment supplier, students learn to create electrical circuits and simple machines powered by hydraulic syringe systems. Expanding on these skills, teams of students design and build a robot capable of completing assigned tasks. Teams develop formal presentations about their project and participate in a school robotics competition.