Patrick Henry High School’s Robotics Team Takes All in Regional Competition and is Now Headed to World Championship

Posted: Thursday, March 16th 2017


Patrick Henry High School’s Robotics Team Takes All in Regional Competition and is Now Headed to World Championship

Patrick Henry High School’s robotics team is in its 5th year and this year, for the first time they made it into the quarterfinals. Thus, making it to the semifinals, then won the finals of the San Diego Regional Competition. Now that the jubilation has subsided, the team has taken a moment to recall its road to the championship.The previous year’s failures taught valuable lessons. In 2015 the team placed 49th. In 2016, mechanical failures mounted as the tournament pressed on and the team left the San Diego Regional ranked near the bottom. This year, the team was dedicated to learning from their previous mistakes.

The team’s 32 student members and nine adult mentors worked to make this a successful season. They worked as a team to complete the demanding tasks of the 2017 challenge. Working Monday through Friday from 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm, and all day Saturday, members balanced demanding courses like AP Physics and Calculus as they dedicated hours to design, build, and program the robot.

The 2017 game, STEAMWORKS, challenged the team to work together in alliances to gather gears, collect fuel, and climb four feet up a rope. While this was a challenging game; the 2017 Patribots exceeded the expectations with a performance that stunned many, including the announcer who introduced the team as “The true underdog story of 2017.”
Now our mission is to compete at the World Championships.

The Patrick Henry Robotics team has a GoFundMe page to help raise the money needed to get to the Championships in Houston next month (April 19-22)
You can watch all the action when they compete in the championship next month here: https://www.thebluealliance.com/team/4738.

 

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