Robotics Overcomes Adversity

In early March the Northwest Catholic “Iron Lions” competed in the first robotics competition of the season and did not disappoint. After winning the best rookie award at one of our two events last year, we had a lot of work to do, and Larry 2.0, our robot, lived up to the high expectations.

Larry 2.0 combined a simple and efficient mechanism to shoot balls and score points with a robust climbing arm to pull ourselves onto a bar at the end of each game. However, the area in which it was most dominant was the autonomous section, in which we had to rely on previously created code to run our robot, and could not touch any controls. The number of points our robot scored ranked us 5th in autonomous points. This proved to be valuable, as we were able to make it to the playoffs in our first event of the year, and arguably more impressive was how we didn't need to make almost any repairs on the robot during the competition, which is very uncommon for even the best teams.

Although we cannot compete in April, the team is not stopping. We are continuing to design and plan new ways to improve the robot as well as new strategies to give us a competitive edge. As we have all season, we will continue to persevere and consider this just another reason to go back to the drawing board, to improve on what has been a strong showing so far.

Robotics is all about overcoming adversity, from failed ideas to catastrophic malfunctions. I’m glad to have gotten the chance to work with some very resilient engineers. There’s no doubt that whatever comes next, the Iron Lions and Larry 2.0 will be ready.