Peachtree Regional 2014

From March 27th to March 29th, 2014, the Robo Lions competed at the Peachtree Regional in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA for their second regional of the season. Though they did not strike a win as they did at the Palmetto Regional earlier this year, they won the Industrial Design Award, a prestigious award sponsored by General Motors that “celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.”

The team from Suwanee, GA gained additional experience and knowledge considered invaluable by members on the team. “We didn’t win, but what’s important to take away from our losses is the mistakes that we made in order to prevent them from happening again,” said freshman Caroline Means, one of the two members in charge of safety on the team. “That’s how we learn and grow both as a team and as people.”

Teacher-sponsor Mary Rutland, who many call a second mom, also has high hopes for the team. “Sometimes I feel even more disappointed than the students when we don’t quite get what we were shooting for, but it’s all part of the learning process,” she said. “Sure, we will lose here and there, but everybody really is a winner when it comes to FIRST, and that’s what makes it such a great program.”

On April 24th, the team will head to the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis for a chance to win it all.