Over the past few days the RoboVikes were fortunate enough to compete in the Colorado Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The entire experience was unforgettable. The team has unanimously agreed that despite our ups and downs this season, in the end every moment was more than worth it. Reflecting on all of our progress, we can look to each other with pride and new knowledge.
Day one: Cookies and Card Games
Immediately getting off the plane in Denver, the team was amazed with the fluttery snow and breathtaking mountains in the distance. We were lucky enough to visit the Colorado School of Mines and the Red Rock Amphitheater. The RoboVikes were energized and excited to compete during the next three days. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” -Jawaharlal Nehru
Day two: Introductions
The Robo Vikes arose with eagerness to perfect the robot and introduce ourselves to other teams. The team instantly felt welcomed and well supported by all. There was a strong sense of community and gracious professionalism. The Highlanders provided food and friendship, we were blessed to have them. Practice matches began, after missing a few the team was not discouraged, but determined to finish what was started. With extra hours, the Robo Vikes were able to pull together and perfect a competition ready robot.
Day three:Tote-al Teamwork
Competition matches began and the Robo Vikes had high scoring success. With scouts, drive team and workers in the pit, everyone was occupied and productive. The experience was great with fierce competition and teamwork. Throughout the majority of the day, the team was ranked in the low twenties. To sum up day three, “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” -Mattie Stepanek
Day four: Somebody to lean on
Qualification matches came to a close, and unfortunately so did the team’s chance at winning. Even though the Robo Vikes were not selected for an alliance, we realized how much we grew, both as a family and as young engineers. The team reflected at dinner, sitting back and realizing everything that was accomplished and all we had become was overwhelmingly motivating and inspiring. Next season the Robo Vikes will be a force to be reckoned with. “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” -Richard Bach
Our seniors will be missed, we wish them all luck in the next chapter of their lives.
Thank you to all of our team parents, supervisors, mentors, and coaches.