Robotics Preseason Competition in Petoskey

It’s that time of year again: robotics is here again. Teams are fundraising for money to pay for hotel rooms and the gas to travel to the upcoming competitions. The rookies on Inland Lakes’ Team Delta Force had the chance to go to Petoskey on Friday and Saturday to watch teams that were in last spring’s competitions and explain what you do when you get there.

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“It was very nice to be out on the floor again with the robot,” sophomore Jenny Shank said

Friday night was the first night at Petoskey Elementary School. The first thing presented to the rookies is how to get weighed in and inpected for the competitions. After they got weighed and inspected, teams had the chance to fix or upgrade their robot. When they were happy with their robot, the coaches gave them the go signal to practice for Saturday’s competition .

“Go for it, we should practice to see what we need to fix for tomorrow,” coach Kelly LaPeer told the team.

Saturday came around, and it was time for competition. Everyone had their pits set up, woke there robot up and took it for a warm up. The refs had a meeting and explained what the rules where again and how the day was going to go.

After every team ran through a qualifying round, officials add the points up and alliances were chosen. The second alliance chose Team Delta Force.

“I was really excited that we got to keep going in the computations,” Jenny Shank said.

At the end of the competition day, alliance points were totaled, and Inland Lakes placed fourth out of 16 teams. 

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