After six weeks of rigorous building, the Mandeville High Robotics Team 2992 competed with their robot, Artemis. After two days of battle against robots from other schools, our team placed second seed in alliances.
The Bayou Regional took place from March 15th-17th. The team had to build a robot (in six weeks and on a budget of less than $3500) designed to compete in this year’s event, the “Rebound Rumble.” The game requires the bot to be able to shoot foam basketballs into hoops with different scores and heights. The bot also had to be able to cross or balance on a bridge which was placed in the center of the field. As if building one robot wasn’t enough, our team also had to build a practice bot, to be used for preparation when the final robot was shipped off on the six-week deadline.
Aside from the building, our team had to design shirts, and analyze their opponents’ robots and teams to see which alliances they could make to boost their chances of success. Along with all of this, members could also submit videos and essays to judges.
At the beginning of the competition, the team had to compete in eleven qualifying matches, getting fourth seed (the highest rank of any Louisiana team). They formed an alliance with the St. Paul’s team and a team from Pearl River County in Mississippi for elimination rounds. They placed third seed in this, and went on to place second seed after losing to the first seed alliance, which consisted of two teams from Houston, Texas and one from Lafayette (two of these teams individually were ranked first and second seed. The Skipper team was bumped up to second seed when the two joined in alliance).
Though it wasn’t first, the team has high hopes for next year. When asked about the plans for next year, club sponsor Ms. Duhe’ responded, “We never really stop working toward building a better robot. For the remainder of the year, we will be providing demonstrations and perhaps hosting an expo for the area’s teams to show off their robot[s].”
The team will also be hosting Computer-Assisted Design workshops for members, building up funds for next year, developing new a new build system, and learning as they try to spread they word about science, technology, and engineering.
“Building robots was great,” says sophomore programmer John Croxton. “And we had food.”
While competition for this year is done, new members are always needed and welcome. Along with builders and programmers, the club also needs artists, managers, and writers. So look into joining up with the Mandeville High Robotics Team!