Norman Advanced Robotics won the double-elimination portion of the event and came out second overall in the tournament and third in the seeding round. The team was pleased with the ranking, but each member hastened to assure congratulaters that each one of them couldn’t have done it without their teammates.
“We were able to come together with a lot of different ideas,” Alex Spens said, adding that he thought working together was the most important part of the team’s efforts.
Norman Advanced Robotics is a team-up of two high schools, Norman High and Norman North. The Norman team began competing in 2000 and widened to include Norman North students in 2010. Now the team consists of 13 members and two robots, “Magellan” and “Goddard.”
Team member Druv Khanna said they all worked together to create a winning plan and stay humble when it worked.
“Sportsmanship is pretty important,” he said, “and also strategy. We wouldn’t be able to get as far as we have without having an effective strategy.”
The Dead Robot Society was happy to be on the receiving end of some of that attitude.
“These were the most dramatic last five rounds ever,” team captain Lauren Sibley said. “The acts of sportsmanship were amazing. I admire the other teams so much.”
High spirits seemed to abound as the tournament ended. Officials opened the student area and teams carefully explained the intricacies of building, programming and strategy to curious onlookers.
“(It’s) inspiring,” said Steve Goodgame, executive director of the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. “If you are worried about the future, come down here and look at these kids.”