On Thursday, April 6th, the Boys’ Latin Robotics team left for Virginia Commonwealth University to compete in regionals, hoping to make it to worlds again.
“I believe our chances of winning the competition are very high,” said junior Wayne Garrus III. “If we work on our communication, we will do great.”
“We need to work on the shooter of the robot. That, along with a better gear pickup, and we will qualify for worlds,” added senior captain Noah Vilceus. “We probably need to finish in the top 20 to qualify for worlds.”
The team finished in 27th after their robot broke down in the quarterfinals, but still managed enough points to qualify for worlds!
“The robot had to place a gear on a peg, shoot balls into a high basket, and climb up a rope during the match,” said senior captain Ryan Trupia.
“It was stressful to watch all the other teams and how good they were,” said freshman Stephan Davis. “They seemed like they were much more prepared than us, but it was also exciting to see them compete.”
“I’m really excited to go to worlds,” said Garrus. “The competition is great there and it is a lot of fun to see all the robots from around the world.”
“It feels great,” said Trupia. “It feels like all the time and effort we put into this robot paid off and it is very satisfying.”
“I feel strongly about our robot and I think that there is a chance [to win worlds] if we perform to our best level,” said Trupia.
As the team gets ready to go to St. Louis to compete in worlds, they are also fine tuning the robot to make sure it is ready.
“If we want to improve the robot, the gear boxes for the drivetrain need to be replaced or fixed along with gear pickup,” said Trupia. “We also need to fix internal communication problems so we can work better as a team.”