There are thirty seconds left on the clock. Robots and their drivers are scrambling to pick up the neon yellow balls-that were once positioned nicely-and drop them into blue and red boxes that represent battleships. 10. Everyone one is panicking; one robot-constructed out of aluminum plates and screws-had a ball captured in its claws. 5. The ball was on balancing on the rim of the cardboard box. With barely two seconds to spare, the ball finally made it in. “All robots stop moving!” shouted Augustine, the announcer, as a symbol that the round had ended.
The long hard work and dedication spent into making these robots sparks a connection and friendship in the robot building team members. David,10, and Michael,9, feel that robotics in Whitney High School has helped them communicate. “It’s cool to see in the end what we build!, “comments David. Ian Hudson, one of the directors, thinks that robotics has helped him meet new people and build robots as a family. “Everyone becomes more cooperative since we are all striving for one goal,” he says. Raymond Bolanos, the student head of robotics, feels that the environment that robotics is built on is a necessary factor for the teams. Along with the friendly ambiance, Shreiad feels robotics quenches his “curiosity for digital and physical physics of robotics”.
“Awe Inspiring” says Mr. Johnson, the adult supervisor of the robotics club at Whitney. “It’s like a real world video game that unleashes students’ creativity, “he comments. Not only has robotics embraced students’ constant thirst for knowledge, it has also created a family that they can rely on.