On November 18th our two robotics teams, the Spartans and the Knights, competed in a scrimmage. The competition consists of four parts: a team presentation about their values as competitors, a presentation about their research project, a presentation regarding the design/function of their robots and the actual robot competition. For the competition portion, two students called ‘Drivers’ go up for their team and prepare the robots for the challenges. There are ten challenges and the robots are programmed to complete as many as possible within 2.5 minutes to maximize points. Here are some comments from Greg, our head Robotics coach, about how the competition went:
“The Spartans and the Knights competed in three rounds of robot competition as well as the judging elements. It was a full day of activity and overall, I'm proud of our showing. The Spartans had an impressive and capable robot, but unfortunately had trouble scoring consistently in their rounds. The Knights were able to score a perfect run with an efficient robot, hitting all 5 of their missions. On the judged portions, both teams thought they performed well (scoring rubrics to come).
After the tournament, here is what a few families had to say about the impact of the program on their kids:
“[My son] always looks forward to his LEGO robotics class, he enjoys this program a lot. He says it feels like family. I feel confident and happy every time I drop him off.”
“I think this would be [my daughter’s] 3rd year in robotics. CONFIDENCE: Robotics has helped increase her confidence. I see how she communicates with her teammates and isn't scared to share her thoughts. I also notice how the kids are challenged to really put their thinking caps on to figure out challenges. She really enjoyed her role."
Our Executive Director Rolando, who also had a chance to see the team in action, commented saying “What I love about our robotics teams is that it allows our kids to compete with the best; our kids can hold their own compared to higher resourced teams.”
Some of our Robotic students said the following about their experience:
“The best part about competing against other teams is seeing what they have to share.”
“My favorite part about Robotics is building the robots because we work together.”
Although our students did not place this year, we are proud of their efforts and positive attitudes and are excitedly awaiting the Sumo Robotics competition.
Judges watch and rate the missions our students complete.
Students work together to build their robots.
Students and coaches gather to do a test run before the competition.