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Manteca High drafting class design team places first at Delta College
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Ruiz, Aaron Wells-Rattler, Rigo Gutierrez, Tosha Monty and Devan Heupel took about three weeks of trial and error before being entered into the Delta Engineering Day event. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
For nearly three weeks, the Manteca High drafting class design team of Aaron Wells-Rattler, Rigo Gutierrez, Anthony Ruiz, Tosha Monty and Devan Heupel toiled with their robotic project.

The concept included using syringes to apply hydraulic pressure, with plans going from the design board to the actual construction.

The group had to make sure their robotic machine was functional enough to flip over a paper cup, pick up a large metal fastener, and grab a regulation golf ball.

The final task included consistently stacking these items on top of one another within the designated target area.

All told, this was the design problem presented to students in Sam Dolson’s class.

“If they failed at any point they were penalized points,” he said on Tuesday.

The hard work by the MHS design team paid off with a first place finish at the Delta Engineering Day drafting competition held on Jan. 22 at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.

According to Ruiz, a sophomore, the MHS robotic machine was made mostly of wood, using a scroll saw and drill to piece together the parts from the design specifications.

“We used very little metal parts,” he said. “It’s just nails and the rotator.”

The competition included 11 different types of robotics.

Dolson, who is also the instructor at the Regional Occupational Program’s computer drafting class at the Lindbergh Educational Center, is hoping to expand this program into the curriculum.

“I need help doing it,” he said. “Perhaps there’s someone in the community with robotics as their area of expertise.”

Those interested can contact Dolson at MHS (825-3150) or Lindbergh (825-3100).

In addition, he had several students from his ROP class competing in Delta Engineering Day.

In the area of drafting versus art via use of computers, JT Owensby took first place with Adam Smith placing second and Alek Albrecht finishing fifth.