Things don’t always go according to plan, as the Nathan Bishop/Mt. Hope Learning Center Robotics Team learned in the First Lego League Robot Invitational held on January 24 at Bryant University. When that happens, quick thinking and perseverance can save the day.
The team, comprised of Duke Bozikowski, Nick Rose, Messiah Lafortune, Ian Dyer and Jeremy Satlow, was required to program their autonomous robot to navigate a course and score points in 2 ½-minute rounds. The best of five rounds won the event.
During the warm-up, the robot did not work properly. The team quickly realized that the robot programs on the computer were an older version and of no use. After a few moments of disappointment and a realization that they would definitely lose this competition, the team modified the robot structurally to compensate for the programming. The robot performed at 70 percent of its potential, but it was enough to lead the Nathan Bishop team to first place.
“Since the state qualifier in November, we used these past six weeks for all team members to gain skills in problem solving, robot building and programming,” said Coach Bob Bozikowski. “I think it was successful and makes this win really rewarding as a team because they all had a part in it.”