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Robotics team places third

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Preparing the Robot: Sophomore Alex Price gets the robot started for driving practice and control testing.  “The wires and cables make it look a lot harder than it actually is,” Price said.

Preparing the Robot: Sophomore Alex Price gets the robot started for driving practice and control testing. “The wires and cables make it look a lot harder than it actually is,” Price said.

Amy Whitten

Amy Whitten

Preparing the Robot: Sophomore Alex Price gets the robot started for driving practice and control testing. “The wires and cables make it look a lot harder than it actually is,” Price said.

Amy Whitten, Staff Writer

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The Robotics Team placed third at their competition last November in Orange County. After the rescheduling of their upcoming competition, the team seized the opportunity to improve and refine the performance of their bot.

“There’s so much we can do not that we have more time,” senior Philip Mantz said.

The extended date gave the team the opportunity to finish an entire arm for the bot used for picking up a plastic doll known as a Relic.

“I think we’ll be better prepared for this competition,” senior Toby Lane said.

There are concerns with the team’s coding laptop. With little funding, the team works with an old laptop donated by a previous team member.

“I’d rather not have to update the computer every day,” senior Andrew Wright said.

Despite the extension, some still doubt everything will be done in time. With one problem comes another, and the bot is constantly on the mend.

“We can never be fully ready, there’s always something that needs to be fixed,” freshman Katrina Patterson said.

Throughout the team’s competitive season, new members watched the process and began working on small projects within their designated groups to test their newfound skills.

“It’s a bit confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it the sky’s the limit,” Patterson said.

After taking in what the other bots going to competition have to offer, the team tweaks the two arms used for picking up foam blocks. They’ve gone from the ability to pick up a single block to picking up two, increasing their capacity for earning points during the competition.

“It’s definitely been a challenge, but things are finally starting to click together,” sophomore Alex Price said.

The team competed on February 10 hoping to qualify for states, but their position in the fourth place alliance in the semi finals was victory enough. The day was filled with strange technical issues the team plans to address in their next meeting.

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