Robotics Team Racing Against Clock
By Luis Burgos
Holtville High School’s robotics team, the “Future Dinos”, are racing against the clock in order to finish their project before their upcoming international competition. The team was given six weeks to start and finish construction on a robot .
The moderately small team is composed of Isabel Ripley, Anthony Silva, Isbed Garcia, Eli Romo, Josie Velazquez, Jorge Mendoza, Valeria Sierra, Leo Ojeda, and Nohely Lopez, being led by Mr. Huerta. The team has been known to enjoy impressive success, notably when pitted against top national and international teams. Last year, they ranked in the top 20 amongst notable and prestigious international teams.
Despite the impressive accomplishments of the robotics team, every
member counts with a personal motive which spurs them on for the entirety of the year.
For example, team member Anthony Silva said, “I think of the robotics team as an interesting way of posing challenges to myself. We are planning to outperform every other team in the upcoming international competition.”
Isbed Garcia commented, “The team is a great way to establish friendships and to pursue any opportunity that may present itself.”
However, the team doesn’t count on the competition being the only outlet for their talent this year. Regarding their upcoming activities, Eli Romo announced, “We’re planning on having a scrimmage against teams from Central, Calexico, and even Mexicali. The school’s robotics team is part of the organization known as F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) The organization was set up with the intention of inspiring the creation of robotics teams in schools that otherwise wouldn’t have one. We were inspired by Central, and it seems like we did the same for Calexico and their new team.”
Mr. Huerta added, “The competitions and activities we participate in are a good way of networking. We meet people from other states and nations, such as South America and Asia, essentially setting up relationships which can benefit us in the future.”
The robotics team will be competing in the FRC division of F.I.R.S.T. robotics, at UC Irvine, located in Orange County during March 29th to April 1st. Donations and sponsorships are accepted at (760)-356-2926.