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LEGO Robotics Competition 12/09/17

Robotics Competition Video from The River Academy on Vimeo.


Two teams; The Tridents & River Robotics, represented our school at the first ever NCW FIRST Lego Regional Robotics Competition. And, they represented us well. Students spent hours preparing for the competition and dedicated this past Saturday to demonstrating what they have learned in an exciting display of teamwork, presentation, engineering, and technological skills. The morning was spent with judges evaluating the 15 total teams on their Core Values, Team Project and Robot Design (see the judging rubric to better understand the scope of the robotics club). The afternoon was filled with the robots competing in 2 ½ minute time frames to complete tasks and earn points. River Robotics found success throughout the day and will happily be moving on in the competition for a January 13th Eastern Washington Championship in Spokane. Way to go team! The Tridents scored well in the morning evaluations. However, when it came time to show the judges what the robot could do, things just didn't go as planned. Students had carefully practiced, reprogrammed, double-checked and triple-checked but the robot couldn't quite accomplish the tasks. "That is the way it often goes" said Phil Bir; TRA's Robotics Instructor. "You can spend all the time in the world preparing and, when you get to the table, it just doesn't work." It may have been the slightly different measurements of the table, a momentary interference with the WiFi, or any number of factors. But that is all part of the learning process that makes Robotics such a great experience. We are proud that both teams demonstrated their ability to work together to solve problems, their tenacity and school pride. Nice job kids!

 And a heartfelt “thank you” to the parent volunteers who helped guide the two teams in their practices and competitions!