RHS Gladiators Show Might at Regional Robotics Competition
By: Macario Guerra, Roma High School Teacher & Roma High School Seaperch Robotics Team Coach
On Saturday, April 13, the Roma High School Seaperch Robotics Team was one of more than 20 high schools and middle school teams to compete in the 1st Neptune Chariot Underwater Robotics competition held at the La Joya ISD Sports & Learning Complex. This was a Regional Qualifier Competition which included three qualifying events and two additional ones to advance to the National Competition at The University of Maryland.
Midway during the first event called "Corinth's Punishment", the Roma Robotics Team ran into technical difficulties with their robot since one of the propellers got loose and fell off, making it difficult to control and maneuver. Because of this, the team did not score many points, and were denied a re-run due to time constraints. The team, applying what they had learned in class, fixed and re-attach the propeller to continue on to the next event.
Without feeling discouraged, the team went on to win the next event called "Rings of Olympus" in a record time of 1:16 and 1:4.4 seconds, beating out the closest competitor by more than 30 seconds.
But the team was far from being finished, and beat out the competition in the final event called “Neptunian Labors" with a total of 39 points, accomplishing the astonishing feat of winning a 1st Place trophy in 2 out of the 3 qualifying events, as well as two $100.00 checks awarded to the 1st Place team in each event.
Sadly, due to the few points scored during the first event in which they had technical difficulties, the team was not able to qualify to the National competition. However, the team's participation was nothing short of outstanding, considering what they achieved and the technical difficulties they had to overcome.
The Roma High School Seaperch Robotics Team members are Sebastian Cortez, Alexa Barrera, Sergio Barrera, Alessandro Garcia, Leanza Cortez, and Abel Ochoa. Congratulations to all of them for a job well done!