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From Bot to Worse: DSR 6884's Misadventures at the Central Valley Regional Competition

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

In robotics, setbacks and challenges are an inevitable part of the journey. For the Hollister High School team, Deep-Space Robotics 6884, the journey to the Central Valley Regional competition was no exception. Months of hard work and preparation went into building their robot and other competition materials, but just as they were about to embark on the trip to Fresno, California, disaster struck.

An atmospheric river brought heavy rains and flooding to the region, causing unsafe conditions and forcing the cancellation of the entire trip. Despite the disappointment and frustration, Deep-Space Robotics (DSR), team 6884, remained resilient and focused on their mission to inspire the next generation of robotics enthusiasts.

The cancellation of the trip highlighted the importance of safety and responsible decision-making in all aspects of life. It also underscored the need for flexibility and adaptability when faced with unexpected challenges.

The students, mentors, and the indomitable coach Vu, are dedicated to bringing their robotic creation, dubbed "Cosmic Debris", to competition. Work continues in preparation. Their determination and perseverance to represent their community shows just how well the program has instilled hard-won lessons into it's members. With the support of their sponsors, volunteers, and community, they will continue to work towards their goals and make a positive impact in the world.

We at San Benito Robotics (SBR) applaud Deep-Space Robotics - 6884 in its resiliency. SBR hopes to teach and encourage more youth in San Benito County. Robotics and STEM education have the power to inspire, engage, and empower individuals of all ages and backgrounds. We are dedicated to building an organization that can serve the needs of our community, our youth, and our county. Through our partnership with FIRST, we will continue to connect with other like-minded individuals and organizations, share ideas and resources, and compete with some of the best robotics teams in the world.

If you are interested in supporting our mission or learning more about SBR and our ongoing projects, including boosting the DSR 6884 team, we encourage you to visit our website or contact us directly. We are always looking for volunteers, sponsors, and community partners to help us achieve our goals and build a brighter future for all.

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