Robotics Competition Memorial High School hospitably hosted the Robotics Competition Saturday, December 7. The marketers for Reagan’s Gear Grinders, Colin Brennan, Julianne Lefelhocz, and Halle Hanks, rehearse early in the morning. Their goal is to present the robot to the judges in an appealing way. Reagan robotics members made bows to give to everyone at the competition and other teams made pins to give in return. The bows are worn by almost everyone, including the judges. Harrison, the robot, is taken for a test drive. This allows for the team to find out what they need to do to make sure Harrison is ready for the competition. Mr. Hennely, the team’s mentor, discusses with the robot’s drivers how to successfully operate the robot during the rounds. Wyatt Johns and Marcel Lewis help to represent the Gear Grinders by handing out bows to those within and outside the team. Gear Grinders work to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere. Trevor Snodgrass, programmer, and Cole Hennley, co-captain, review Harrison before inspection. Humberto Habe, along with the rest of the Gear Grinders, sit awaiting the second round to start. Although the Gear Grinders did not succeed with the first round, they did not fail to provide support for the rounds to come. Drew Neely, the robot designer, hastened to fix the robot “when the battery failed,” Lewis said. Safety comes first and everyone made sure they wore their glasses when dealing with the mechanics. Preparation is essential to a successful competition. Robotics member, Chili Kellaway, was well prepared with super glue. The robot experiences some difficulties going up the ramp; therefore, Morgan and others tied rubber bands on the treads so it could have more traction going up the ramp. Dean Arteaga is excited that the Gear Grinders “won the design award mainly due to Drew Neely’s dedication”. A few complications occurred with Harrison during the competition. However, due to the Gear Grinder’s encouragement and teamwork, they won two out of three rounds. Reagan Gear Grinders made posters and signs to cheer for not only their team but for others as well. “Gracious professionalism” is the belief that helps robotics members recognize to not view this event as solely a competition but an opportunity to unite and support others to improve as a result of the competition. Wyatt Johns helped build the robot. The Gear Grinders “received two awards for the use of a design software program, PTC Creo, and for the detailed notebook that creatively documented the progress of building the robot,” Johns said.