West Linn High robotics team sets itself up for 'promising' season
In the first game of the official season, the West Linn High robotics team, 2BDetermined, proved it was the team to look out for as they took home first.Â
On March 4 and 5, about 20 robotics teams from around the Pacific Northwest faced off in the first official competition of the season at Clackamas Academy of Industrial Science in Oregon City. After quickly climbing the ranks, 2BDetermined qualified as the alliance captains during the finals Saturday and chose Team 4488 (Shockwave) from Hillsboro and Team 568 (Nerds of the North) from the greater-Alaska area to work with in the concluding matches.
The alliance dominated the finale and took home first place.Â
During the two-day competition, the goal on the field was to collect and distribute as many balls with the team's alliance color into a two-tiered fixture. Balls shot into the first level earned the team one point, while scoring into the second tier equaled two.Â
In the final minute of the match, the team could earn additional points by dead hanging off a steel rack. During the 10th match, 2BDetermined's robot had a slight technical issue and fell while hanging. The team quickly picked themselves off the ground and resituated themselves on the rack — winning the round.Â
Since early January, the team has put in over 25 hours each week working on their robot and practicing.
"We went through a lot of prototypes, and narrowed it down even after we selected the prototype that we were set on. It was still like a huge process for finding small details to get it to where it is now," said Kyle Jensen, the team's electrical lead.Â
The team also was awarded the Innovation in Control Award, which celebrates teams with unique machine functions in control components like electrical, mechanical or software.
In addition to the team victory, several members took home individual awards.Â
Team member, Max Dodge, won an award called Dean's List, which honors players with exceptional academics. Team member, Anna Olson, was recognized for being an outstanding safety captain.Â
"Everything looks promising for this year," Jensen said. "Talking to other people on the team about competitions before COVID, we were not in the stage we were in now — like we are not frantically fixing things in the robot in the pits like we were two years ago. It's just exciting to forecast the possibilities for the upcoming season."Â
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