From NO Bot To SHOW Bot

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From NO Bot To SHOW Bot

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         On March 7th, 2019 the Highlands Engineering Classes set off to Butler Community College for the Bots IQ competition. Each class had been preparing for the event since the fall which included tedious amounts of documentation and the construction of the robot. Both teams consist of seniors who have an interest in the STEM field and want to apply new ideas to what they’ve learned. Every aspect of the class has something for everybody, whether you’re interested in marketing, designing and using computers, electrical wiring, and team management there’s something for you. Both teams, “Hercey’s Heroes” and “The Spite-rz” made their big debut, but were they ready?

The Wednesday before the competition “Hercey’s Heroes” barely even had a bot that could drive forwards and backwards. During their class period almost every single student was ready to throw in the towel because they felt like they weren’t fully prepared and ready to compete. They would’ve rather not went and forfeited their spot to finals rather than going and making fools of themselves at the preliminaries. Although, the determination of one student not to give up was throwing the class off balance. No one believed that the bot could be fully functional within less than 24 hours of work, it just didn’t seem realistic. Everyone thought, “Could they really pull it off?” That whole evening a few students stayed up to complete the bot and took the necessary safety steps to ensure it would pass the inspection. So lo and behold they told the team to plan on coming the next morning to load the bus.

At the competition, schools from all over the area were there. When the bracket was announced, Hercey’s Heroes was the first team to battle. The competition looked fierce and made the team feel uneasy, but luckily the other team had some wiring issues and Hercey’s Heroes came out with a win for the first round. For round two they were going to battle the school “Pine Richland” but decided to forfeit because that team had a destructive weapon that would’ve completely destroyed their bot. So they were left in the losers bracket and faced their final robot of the day that ended in a three minute long battle, which Hercey’s Heroes unfortunately lost to.

Overall, the competition was a lesson well learned for Highlands Robotics Team Two, “Hercey’s Heroes”. They’ll hopefully be more prepared and ready for success at the finals competition April 26th and 27th.

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