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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

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FTC Robotics Teams Compete at Regionals

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Standing triumphantly with trophy in hand, the CPHS FTC Robotics team holds up their regional Motivate award. Although losing in regional semifinals, team 14361 will be moving on to compete in UIL State and FTC State. “It was the first time we’ve had two teams from Cedar Park make it to regionals,” Lovelace said. “Both teams made it to the playoffs which was really good. Last year we only had one team make it to regionals, so that was cool.”

Competitors rushing all around, robots whirring across the floor, chaos unfolding as the CPHS FTC Robotics Team prepare to stand their ground against the judges of the Cedar Ridge Regional Robotics Competition.

The CPHS FTC Robotics Teams traveled to Round Rock to compete in their UIL Regionals competition on Feb. 26.

“It was a lot of fun,” Robotics sponsor Amy Lovelace said. “It was just in Cedar Ridge, so it was close. But it was fun, they did judging in the morning and they all did very well. It was fun to compete with all the teams in the Austin area.”

 FTC Robotics throughout the year had been competing against the same teams throughout the state and district, eventually growing closer to their competitors and getting to know their methods and habits to prepare for the grand showdown at regionals.

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One nice thing about this actually about robotics is that you get to know a lot of the other teams in the area,” Lovelace said. “It’s kind of nice to be able to compete with the other teams from the other leagues in Austin.”

Senior Arav Neroth has been a part of the FTC Robotics team for two years and said he was nervous about the competition.

“I definitely feel we could have performed better,” Neroth said. “We had a lot of unlucky matchups, and we almost didn’t make it. Our advancement was due to winning an award.”

Although Neroth was uncertain about the bot’s performance, the team’s new bot was equipped with a variety of new features. These features include a custom designed and 3D printed, spring loaded paper airplane shooter, and a new line of code to assist the bot’s performance and overall allow the bot to run smoother than ever.

“Our paper airplanes are getting more consistent,” Lovelace said. “They’re getting at telling our motor to toggle driver mode where you can make the mosaics on the board. It’s a process and you get better each time.”

Lovelace said that this is the first time in history that Cedar Park has had two teams make it to regionals, and both teams managed to pull through and made it to the playoffs. The stats given by Lovelace show that only the top 20% of teams make it to regionals, 10% make it to state and only 1% manage to make it to worlds. Unfortunately, both teams didn’t quite conquer the semi finals in their respective divisions, however team 14361 will continue to compete in both UIL State and FTC State near the end of March in Belton, Texas.

“It’s really, really competitive to get that far in Texas,” Lovelace said. “They’ve done  really well just to even get to regionals. So that’s amazing.”

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Cason Johnson, Reporter
Cason is a senior and first year reporter for the Wolfpack Newspaper. He is also heavily involved in CPHS’s award winning Broadcast Journalism program, the Wolfcast, as a fourth year reporter and Executive Producer. He enjoys interviewing others and discovering their stories and passions. He wants to pursue journalism through attending UT. He’s a sucker for the seaside and strawberry daiquiris on a hot summer day. He’s also into making music with his band on weekends and is overall a laid back and approachable person. 

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