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Atomic Kiwis Quest for a National Title

Rutherford Robotics – The Atomic Kiwis.

On Saturday, 29 of February and Sunday, 1 of March, the two Rutherford robotics teams attended the 2019 / 2020 VEX Robotics ‘Tower Takeover’ National competition. At the end of a long weekend and ten fierce games both Rutherford teams were placed in the lower third of the competition. Although their final placement was not the most impressive part of their year, both teams learnt a lot about designing, programming and building a robot while meeting new people and having loads of fun.

Team 2913A were able to find their alliance partner from last year’s nationals, team 45964A from Tauranga Boys, and together played a special exhibition match against two American teams. The Americans were attending our nationals after their China trip had to be cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The boys graciously lost the match, but had a great time with both their Tauranga teammates and the American enemy team, sharing a laugh after the game.

Hopefully, the teams will take what they have learnt from this year’s game and make a better robot for next year’s competition and our proposed trip to the world competition in the USA.

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