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Heritage Robotics Continues to Compete through Pandemic Challenges

ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE SPRING 2021 MESSENGER MAGAZINE

The 2019-’20 Robotics season was cut short last spring, with no World Championships or summer camps due to the lockdowns. This school year, however, Robotics has adapted to be able to continue meeting and competing.

This year, each team of three to five students practices throughout the week in small group settings. In place of regular tournaments, area schools have been hosting League Nights, which essentially spread a tournament day over the course of several evenings. Each evening, a limited number of teams meet up and compete against other schools.

The high school teams have been able to host one in-person tournament and attend several tournaments around the city. They’ve also participated in virtual Skills Only events, where students do driver runs and autonomous programming runs to earn scores that rank them for State and World Championships.

The Indiana State Championship was held virtually this year. Three of our high school teams and all seven elementary/middle school teams qualified for the World Championship that will take place virtually in May.

The goal of the Heritage Robotics program is for students to grow and learn, not just to win trophies. This approach has helped our robotics teams succeed in more ways than one and has contributed to Heritage Robotics developing a reputation for excellence throughout the city and state and in the robotics community as a whole.