The Rye Country Day Robotics team attended its first competition February 18 at The Harvey School. 35 teams from 21 different schools and organizations participated. The competition required each student team to build a robot that would move on its own for 15 seconds and then continue into driver-enabled mode. The robots also needed to be able to pick up large foam stars and cubes.
RCDS brought two teams that had been designing and building their robots since early December. The night before the competition, RCDS students visited the Harvey campus to get an idea of what would happen during the competition. They worked through the night to make changes to the robots as they had an opportunity to see their competition. The team of Laszlo Kopits, Mitchell Katz, and Elysia Pil designed a robot that had an elevator component to help move objects over a fence. They quickly learned the robot could be an asset to the team they were partnered with by blocking anything coming over the fence. The team of Kyle Christopher, Pierce Kim, Jared Kim, Jaume Pujadas, and Aaron Serianni designed a robot that would be able to rack up the stars and lift them over the fence. The students learned a lot through the day and took away some new ideas to implement in their next robots.
At the end of the day, the RCDS teams finished 13th and 24th, and the 13th-place team moved on to the Alliance round, where they partnered with two other teams to compete. RCDS robotics club has already begun to regroup and rebuild to get ready for the next competition.