Amazing Kids! Magazine

Sci-Tech June Article

By Akshaj Mehta, Sci-Tech Kids Editor


“Ok everyone! Now you have your groups get into them and brainstorm ideas for your robots!” My teacher announced. We were focusing on a robotic subject in class. There was a competition with the robots and it was a race. We were getting graded on team collaboration and effort. I was partnered with 3 other people, one of them being my friend. I was not very social during that year and I always thought it was “My way or the highway.” We discussed a few ideas and that was the end of class. The next day we got our robot and started to build. We ran into a few bumps and we stopped halfway through the instruction. I was arguing about which way to put the robot legs to the body. Everyone else thought it was wrong. I was continuing to tell them that it won’t work, one of them did back down. The other two in my group stood their ground. It got heated very fast and I quickly glanced at the teacher and she was busy trying to sort out a problem in another group.  I finally convinced them of my idea and the teacher then came over.
“What’s going on here?” The teacher asked.

“Uh nothing, nothing. We were arguing but now it’s all ok.” I quickly responded nervously. She walked to her desk and started doing paperwork. The group split apart and I was working by myself momentarily. I attached the robot legs how I thought it would work. I called the rest of my group over and they sat down next to me.
“Ugh did you really do it this way?” One of the group members asked annoyingly and disapprovingly.

“Yes!” I snapped back. I was already upset and this person was pushing me to the boiling point. We ran the app and went to the main carpet to test it. It did not even start.  We called over the teacher and she was trying to fumble with the app but it was clear she didn’t know. Next she looked at the instructions. We sat around her quietly waiting for what she was going to say. She finally said that, “Oh the legs were put on wrong!” My stomach flipped. “See it’s an easy fix.” She added as she walked away. I was very embarrassed. They didn’t talk to me for the rest of the day as they continued building. All I could do was watch. The next day was the competition. We were sent into our groups and I said, “Hey guys, I’m really sorry about yesterday. It was my fault.” They were surprisingly forgiving and they told me, “Hey it’s alright. The important thing is to win the race!” I agreed quickly. We put together the rest of the robot and we actually were the first to finish. After finishing we made signs for our robot and handed them out to other groups to cheer us on. Our robot name was Zebee. After everyone finished it was time to race. We did a time race to see which robot and group could maneuver it around the carpet the fastest 3 times.
“Dibs on being the controller!” I told my group but they all disagreed. They thought each of them should have a turn.

“But there’s only 3 laps and 4 people.” I said softly. Everyone looked at each other. “Ok fine. I’ll be the one not to race. Just make sure to be slow and steady!” I said. The time race had begun. Our robot was slowly making it’s way around for the first lap. “GO faster!” I exclaimed. The person quickly sped up the robot and it zoomed the final two left turns. Next the robot went to fast and crashed into the wall. It recovered and it was the next person turn. They did a mixture of both, apparently my shouting was getting through with them.  It crossed the finish line in about 1minute 30 seconds. We held our breath as everyone else did there’s. Throughout we remained victorious. We got first place and most importantly we got 100% for teamwork and effort.

In conclusion, working with others, even if you may not like doing it, leads to a greater outcome than what you would be able to accomplish alone.