This year, the team was simply incredible. Dr. J. did a great job mentoring them. The students were prepared, knowledgable, and dedicated, often working until they passed out from exhaustion. Had the last run not have been cancelled due to the fire, they would have won. I know that is hard to say with certainty, but another run like the 3rd one would have sealed the first place position with a very comfortable margin. It broke my heart to watch how circumstances worked against them. But this team accepted those circumstances with grace. They were positive and genuinely happy during the entire trip and it was a privilege to be able to spend the week with them at RoboCup. The best part of my job is being able to spend significant time with young people who possess such great strength, intelligence, character, and spirit.
Because they made it to the finals, Patrick and Victor have already qualified to compete in RoboCup 2018 in Montreal, Canada ... and they will be ready!
Check out this video Conner compiled over the course of the entire week. We hope it gives you some insight into what we experienced at RoboCup Japan 2017.
Until next year,
Julia Maurer '90
Mathematics and Robotics Teacher
Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs