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October 26, 2012

SWHS Robotics Team victorious again


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“We got to take a lot of the new members who had never been to this competition before up to Indianapolis and experience it for the first time,” said Riquelme. “Once we got the radio working, we were much more competitive than we were at internationals.”
And that paid off with a big — and very satisfying — win. One with a bit of a strategy change to boot.
“In the past, we played a bigger defensive role,” said Riquelme. “In this competition, we played a lot of offense. I think we hit eight or nine out of 10 shots.”
Also, “normally I coach the students on the field,” he added, “but at this competition, I let some of the student leaders coach the other students.”
The success is paying off in popularity. Riquelme said the team may have as many as 30 new students, and 50 total, though those numbers could be tried depending on how many students maintain interest throughout the school year. The next robot probably won’t shoot basketballs, though Riquelme says he hopes whatever the task is next year, it’s just as enjoyable.
“When they do the sports games, those always come off very well,” he said. “Occasionally, they’ll do something weird (as far as a theme for all teams to compete in), and harder to relate to. It’s fun, but not as fun as basketball, soccer or football.”
What definitely won’t be fun is finally saying goodbye to the hoops-shooting robot once in for all — though at least it got to go out on top.
“A lot of (the students) were very attached to it,” said Riquelme. “We’re probably going to have to strip some of the parts (for a new robot). They’re not too excited about that, but we don’t have too much money to work with right now. Even some of the new members aren’t too happy about it.”
At least, however, they’ll be able to build their own memories — literally.

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