Robotics Team 4914 at Southwest International in Windsor
It was as if the members from Victoria Park CI’s Robotics team were on a rollercoaster of emotions and positions. From 1st place, 2nd, 6th, and then back 3rd,members’ hearts pounded until they reached the finals…but then they were hit with excitement as well as fear and competition. On October 29, 2016, Team 4914 kicked robot-butt at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario. In the first part of the two-part finale, there was a major upset. We, Alliance 1, scored 104 while the other team got 119. Did we still stand a chance? Not really. Fortunately, luck was on our side. Due to fouls, we won the first match, now we only needed to win the second one before one of the trophies could be claimed by 4914. Then the first bell rang. As the robots moved, two of our opponents fell over in the process. With only a single robot left to compete with, the winning spot was practically guaranteed. Winning by 72 points, it was needless to say we took the 3rd place trophy home. At the end of the day, our alliance had 149, the highest score. Everyone who went to Windsor had a great experience, and to prove it, I went around interviewing representatives from other schools, as well as our own.
(Jordyn Tocco; grade 11 from Ecole Secondaire l’Essor was part of a rookie team “Sabotage.” )
What challenges did you face? What did you like about this event?
Well, being a rookie team, we did not have a robot, so we had to borrow one from another school. But it wasn’t our robot so we didn’t know exactly how it functioned, so we had a lot of malfunctions. But now, for our next game, we are really, really stoked because we think we are finished fixing everything. It’s a lot different here, we haven’t really felt like we are an outcast team because we are a rookie team, or because we are french, which is good. I didn’t expect this atmosphere, nor that we would actually compete for a while. I really liked the people and how helpful they are.
(Mitravasu Prakash; grade 10 from Victoria Park.)
What did you learn from this event? This is your first time being a part of a robotics competition, right?
Yeah, I learnt that team-work is key. If a team wants to do well, they need teamwork. It’s exciting, its my first time here, and it’s really exciting to watch the robots. I think my favourite moment was watching our team go on and participate and get first place. [At this moment of time, we were actually doing really well, first.]