BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
LAYTON — Things were not looking good for the NUAMES team at the start of the FIRST Robotics competition last month.
Their robot had some technical difficulties, according to Doug Hamel, a coach/mentor for the team, which is sponsored by the Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering & Science charter school.
“The team really pulled together,” he said. “I was very proud of them for sticking with it and not getting disappointed. They kept working.”
After making some repairs, their robot was able to consistently meet the challenges of the regional competition held at the Maverik Center, by hitting Frisbee shots and climbing a tower.
Though they were the last selected to participate in the final round, they went on to win all of the final matchups and take the Utah Regional competition.
As a result of the win, 10 students from the 20-member team will travel to St. Louis, Mo., later this month where they and their robot will take part in the world FIRST Robotics competition. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
“You don’t get that far without a lot of effort from the students of the team, along with their coaches and mentors,” said Hamel. Other coaches are Bryan Rudes and Bill Dowell.
The team needs even more support, said Hamel, as they travel to the world competition. Those interested in helping the students make the trip can contact him at email@example.com.