“It was a very real world engineering experience; the robot had to operate in an extremely rough environment. Students dealt with technical problems requiring fixes to the wiring and troubleshooting after every match,” said volunteer robotics coach Mark Calvert.
This year’s competition had a “medieval” theme and consisted of a game called Take the Castle. Robotics teams had to create robots that were able to work as a team to defeat and cross difficult castle defenses such as moats, rock walls, ramparts, draw bridges and more! After crossing these barriers the robots had to attack the castle by collecting and launching boulders and placing themselves on the sloped “batters” of the castle.
Students spent their first day at the competition making final robot modifications and working to pass the inspections needed to compete. It took the team over 9 hours to get their robot in working order for the actual competition.
Each robotics team was ranked on different skills, Bishop Ward scored best in the autonomous category. During this phase the robot had automatically cross barriers without a student controlling it.