The Uniontown high school’s robotics team, appropriately named Raiders, will be participating in their first competition on February 24th in Upper St Clair. Multiple teams from all around Southwestern PA will be competing in the competition hosted by the FIRST Tech Challenge organization. This first FIRST match is a qualifier, so the team is working extra hard to make sure their robot succeeds. Being their first time competing in such an event, we spoke to members of the team to find out what they’re both scared and excited about.
“So far, it’s been pretty exciting. Everybody is a mix of nervous and anxious, including myself. We’ve been heading in the right direction with little conflict, which is surprising.” – Noah Trimmer, junior. “It’s really nice to be able to participate in something like this. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time” – Luke Smearcheck, junior. “I’m extra excited to see how our work pays off. We’ve been working to do this for nearly a half year at this point.” – Andrew Schoener, junior. The team has been working on officially starting the team since the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
The team has received donations from a few sources, both cash and solid assets, like parts to build their robot. The Teacher’s Union donated $1000 to the team in order for them to buy the right parts. We spoke with Noah Trimmer, who is undoubtedly the team leader, on how he thinks the team’s robot will do. “Well, we’ve been working on this for the past few months and we think we’ve got it down. We’ve done multiple tests and diagnostic checks on it, and everything works mechanically. The only issue I see is the possibility that the software doesn’t perform as expected, and we can’t do anything about it if it does act up.” We will report further on February 25th after the competition. Go Raiders.