WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Trojan Robotics team has had a change in pace from a typical season.

Due to COVID-19, their 2020 season was suspended causing FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics to decide to repeat the game for the upcoming 2021 season, giving teams an abundance of extra time to strategize and build their robots.

“It gives us the advantage, we know what the game is, we’ve played the game and built a robot to play the game,” said Duane Hansen, head coach.

Every year FIRST robotics releases a game, and the teams are tasked to build a robot to play the game successfully. There will be two alliances made up of three teams each and those alliances are competing to see who can score the most points in the allotted time by shooting the power cells into the goal along with other tasks, such as climbing and balancing a bar with the other members in the alliance. These teams are random unless a team is able to make it to the finals in which case the alliances have more say in which other teams they would like to play the game with.

COVID-19 resulted in the 2020 cancellation for the robotics season, which led to the repetition of the 2020 game for the 2021 season. Due to the announcement that the 2021 game would be repeated, instead of a new game in 2021, teams have approximately four additional months to build their robot compared to a normal build season.

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“The extra time will allow us to analyze the game in much greater detail, and we’re redesigning and programming to play the game that much better,” Hansen said.

Lara Haack, a WHS junior, weighed in.

“The extra time in our season will definitely affect our build as we’ve struggled with that in the past,” she said.

With the extension time added, our WHS Robotics team is looking forward to a great season.

As the Trojan robotics team works towards having an efficient robot, there is a feeling of optimism throughout.

“This is considerably different. The competitions definitely will be different, but I don’t think it will affect the team,” said sophomore Connor Henning.

The Trojan Robotics team knows what they need to do to accomplish their goals and believe they have a solid plan to get there this season.