Mecha-Mules lead Shockley Robotics League


November 10, 2022

Happy team and coaches, back row left to right: Ares, coach Josh, Reagan, Cor, Annelise, Nathan, Elijah, Peter, Patrick, Micah, coach Rook. Front row left to right: coach Jess, Jamey, KT, robot Stanley 11186, Arwynn, coach Brian, coach Amanda. Photo courtesy of Jess Vik.

Last Saturday 13 teams from SW Washington gathered at Lower Columbia College for the first robotics tournament of this season. Each team plays six matches, each with an Alliance Partner, competing with two other teams. Your partner in one match might be one of your opponents in another match. This promotes a cooperative real-world skill and attitude encouraging helping everyone do better so we can all do well. At the end of the day, your Wahkiakum SD and 4-H Mecha-Mules had won five matches and lost one. This tied us for first place with 21336 (team name "I Forgot," an all-star team from Vancouver) on wins/losses, and at the first tie-breaker level we earned more competition points so we currently stand in first place in our league. Our next round of matches is December 3, also at LCC. This will decide rankings going into regionals on December 17. This will be very competitive. Our team is building two more robots, each intended to outperform our first robot (named " 11186 - Stanley"), and hopefully win the day. We have enough team members and robots to hold our own internal practice competitions. We will decide in two weeks which robot to take to the competition in December. We practice Tuesday and Friday afternoons. If you would like to come watch a practice please contact Wahkiakum HS for reservations as space is limited.

Wahkiakum is the host for this year's tournaments at LCC. We very much thank LCC for providing their cafeteria and conference rooms. We also want to thank our many sponsors from last year, and especially the Wahkiakum Amateur Radio Club for providing technical assistance this season at LCC.

Our annual t-shirt fundraiser will begin this week. Team members will be visiting local businesses over the next three weeks, looking for sponsors. Donations may be made to: "Wahkiakum Mecha-Mules ASB Club" at the high school.


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