Pam Schehl/News Members of the Centerburg Red Plague Robotics Club are preparing for an upcoming competition. Shown here working on Chuck the Robot are Matt Thomas, left, and Dylan Parker.

Pam Schehl/NewsMembers of the Centerburg Red Plague Robotics Club are preparing for an upcoming competition. Shown here working on Chuck the Robot are Matt Thomas, left, and Dylan Parker.

CENTERBURG — Members of Centerburg’s robotics club, the Red Plague, are engaged in putting the final touches on this year’s robot, Chuck, before their season-opening Crossroads Regional competition March 6 to 8 in Terre Haute, Ind.

This year’s challenge involves alliances, created from members and robots from three different clubs. The robots are charged with moving large balls, similar to medicine balls, from one end of the court to the other by passing it to other robots on their alliance. The final robot has to shoot the ball into a goal about six feet high, or push it through a goal on the floor. The robots work autonomously for 10 seconds, then a human operator takes over.

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