This year, I transitioned from Middle School robotics to Upper School robotics. Last year, I got to go to the Robotics World Championship with my 8th grade team, and this year, my team qualified for the U.S. Open, or Nationals. Nationals was held in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and eight Potomac teams qualified and attended.
There were two divisions for the U.S. Open: the Open division and the High School division. My team--along with three other Potomac teams--was in the High School division, which was the much more challenging. While none of us qualified for the finals, the four teams in the Open division were very successful and all received awards.
Overall, the three-and-a-half day trip was very enjoyable--in addition to having the exciting opportunity to compete, the city was interesting and there were bunch of activities at the convention center, such as a bouncy house, ping pong tables, and more. It was great to hang out with friends and celebrate the end the season. Having participated in robotics for many years now and gone to Worlds, I enjoyed Nationals the best. While Worlds brought together competitors from around the globe, I got to compete with a lot of my friends at Nationals.
The robotics program at Potomac is a fun way to learn new things and make friends with people in the Upper School. The program is continuing to grow, and next year there will be over 80 students participating in robotics!