Robotics Team Members Compete in Chicago Tournament

For students Eric Zheng '26, Jackson Rogers '23, Micheal Xing '23, and Brandon Oakes '27, a year spent learning to develop and design robotics at Baylor culminated in traveling all the way from Tennessee to Chicago, where they competed in the Chicago Robotics Invitational on Saturday, July 9.

The students are members of the Ohm Raiders, Baylor’s robotics team lead by science instructor Dr. Mary Loveless, who also heads up the Baylor Research program. The Chicago Robotics Invitational allows not only the best teams in the country, but also the best teams in the world, to put their robots to the test. Through changes such as arena, field elements, and rules modifications, the competition is constantly shifting, creating the challenge of pushing team members to modify their robot on the fly. 

While the Ohm Raiders meet throughout the school year, these students went above and beyond in order to have the opportunity of participating in this competition. Zheng, Rogers, and Xing have all worked throughout the summer to modify their robot in order to qualify for the invitational.  While the competition was an important step in developing the Ohm Raider’s programming skills, Loveless sees the greater value in the ability to learn from the other teams. “This experience allowed Baylor to participate in a national/global robotics competition (attendance included the team who won last year’s World Competition and three teams from other countries, including Romania). Meeting these teams and learning from them was one of the most amazing opportunities the Baylor team had and was the primary goal of attendance,” she said. 

Loveless also envisions a bright future for the Ohm Raiders, citing their performance at last year’s Tennessee State Championship and ability to adapt quickly to technical challenges at the Chicago competition. 

Next up for the Ohm Raiders? A new competition entitled “Power Play,” for which the challenge will be revealed at a world-wide kickoff on Sept. 10, 2022. There is no doubt after an exciting season that the Ohm Raiders are well-equipped to represent Baylor on the international stage once again. 

Members of the Ohm Raiders created a digital GBR at an international competition in Chicago earlier this summer.


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