Jade Duplantis, Reporter

Robotics is a branch of modern science and technology that applies to the design, construction, operation, and application of robots.  Did you know that the process of designing robots has rules?


  • Law Zero:

A robot may not injure humanity, or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.

  • Law One:

A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm, unless this would violate a higher order law.

  • Law Two:

A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with a higher order law.

  • Law Three:

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with a higher order law.


Our WP robotics team comes in during lunch and sometimes weekends to build their sculptures. We had the chance to interview a few people, including Meagan Ross (11th), Keeli Brown (9th)  and Shane Saylor (11th).


How does robotics interact with everyday life?

“A lot of us want to be engineers,” replied Ross.

“It also teaches math and helps when fixing electronics,”  Brown explained.


Robotics is an activity that requires a lot of work. Programming involves a lot of aspects such as creativity, math, science, and intelligence, as well as frustration.


What do you enjoy most about robotics?

“The competitive nature,” Brown pointed out.

“We’re looking to win some big awards,” Ross boasted.


Robotics is a competitive activity; everyone wants to win awards at the competitions. It is a part of the group’s nature.


What are you best at programming?

“Planning and building, basically making parts,”  Brown replied.


In 1948 Norbert Weiner formulated the basics of cybernetics, the beginning of practical robots. Fully working robots appeared only in the second half of the 20th century. The first fully operating robot, which was called ‘the ultimate,’ was installed in 1961. It was created to lift hot pieces of metal from a casting machine and stack them.

There are many types of robots that could be used for a variety of different uses and places. Although they are all very different in use and operation and they are assorted in application, they all share three basic similarities when it comes to their construction.

  • They all have some kind of mechanical construction, frame, form or shape designed to achieve a particular task. For example, a robot designed to travel across heavy dirt or mud may use caterpillar tracks.
  • Robots have electrical components which power and control the machinery. The robot with caterpillar tracks would need some kind of power to move the tracker threads.
  • All robots contain some level of computer programming code. In the caterpillar example, the robot may have the correct mechanical construction and receive the correct amount of power from its battery, but would be unable to move across the muddy road without a program telling it where to go.

After reading all these amazing things about robots and all the things they can, do even I want to join our amazing WP robotics team.  Robotics has two big events coming up. October 17th is their Competition Practice Day, which runs from 10am to 3pm. Then October 24th is the big Competition Day, which will last from 9am to 5pm at the Auraria Campus Events Center in Denver. The team will be setting up and competing with their final robotic design in the game field. Good luck, Robotics!

The robotics team unveils their project.
All photos courtesy of the WPHS Robotics Club