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Robotics rampage

Saya Iki, Staff Reporter

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The Enginerds have really flourished this year by being up to the task of proving that they are more than a small school engineering club. They recently competed in a local robotics tournament on Saturday, February 28.

While the team was still in its infancy, participants could tell that things moved in the right direction. The team implemented ideas that brought improvements to their ranks.

“This year has been more organized,” Ryan Johnson (‘19) said. ”And it has also been the first year we have had a working autonomous mode.”

Although they made wide strides from this previous year, there were still things the team wanted to improve and work on. From constructing the robots, to the people involved, there was room for improvement.

“We had to change ideas on the ball launching mechanism,” Levi Warner (‘18) said. “I would’ve also liked to have gotten more sponsors this year.”

Learning from mistakes is a key part of life. The “Enginerds” realized this, so they compiled a mental list of takeaways from the competition.

“I learned that the months of stress, loss of sleep, and hard work do pay off as long as you have the patience to let it all happen,” Jacob Cross (‘17) said.

The robotics team thought that this tournament strengthened that core principle. They evolved as a cohesive team.

“Yes, I believe this tournament did make us grow stronger as a team,” senior Jacob Cross said. “It was great to see everyone working together to build the robot and get the gym ready for the event.”

Although they didn’t win, they gave a valiant effort.  At the end of the day, the team gained valuable feedback about building robots, competition, and the value of solid teamwork.

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Robotics rampage