On the days of March 19 and March 20, Storm Robotics attended the competition at Seneca. We were pretty positive and determined to make a comeback from our slump at Hatboro-Horsham. The team got together the night before and some massive planning was underway. Mechanical and Software departments were making changes and adding new additions and lines of code to ensure that Hephaestus was up to speed. Along with all of this, the mentors gave positive speeches so when the going gets tough, we still show the robotics world that Storm is spirited and enjoy robots whether we are in the top ten or the bottom ten.
Hephaestus made an appearance in the practice sessions and managed to shoot, even better scored a few goals! The team was roaring from the bleachers and couldn’t wait to see how our bot did in the actual rounds. Hephaestus did indeed put up a good show as we managed to score a few goals with pin-point accuracy. The shooter which was a bit problematic during Horsham, finally came through during Seneca and was a key component in contributing to our team. The rounds continued to pass and our robot became less and less efficient. Day two of the competition was also a struggle as the damage from the previous day carried over. We ranked low, but despite the trials and tribulations, the team still kept cheering whether it be our robot on the court or supporting our teammates. We did manage to win the Gracious Professionalism Award though, proving that we are still a capable and well-rounded team.
Horsham and Seneca was a wake up call for our team. All of our problems have exposed and we were determined to engineer solutions as we always have done. A fire had been born, a fire that burns with our determination and our will to move on. We cannot remain in the past, but with the our previous knowledge and experience. we will prove that Storm is a force to be reckoned with.