A gyre is a naturally occurring vortex of wind and currents that rotate in a clockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere. These create a whirlpool effect, whose vortex moves more slowly at the center and that is where marine plastic debris collects.
Design a prototype robot 24" cubed and less than 24 pounds that can move up and down a slanted unstable beam while reaching out into a simulated ocean to gather harmful plastics and deliver them to a recycling station to be sorted and installed into artificial reef blocks.
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At the Denton County regional competition, our Marketing Team won the Best Marketing Presentation Award. The Design Team took home the Founders' Award for Creative Design. The Drive Team took home 2nd Place in the Robot Competition. Combined, we won the B.E.S.T. Award!