'Lightsaders' Robotics Score High at Austin Metro League Championship Event (By Mike Scallon, Robotics Instructor)

This year's Crusader Lightsaders robotics team is off to a great start! They began the season back in August, working diligently with their dedicated mentors and each other to take on this year's themed challenge, Ultimate Goal. This past Monday, they did not disappoint, posting the strongest scores so far recorded in the Austin Metro League (AML) competition. Check out one segment of their competition video here! The Lightsaders scored a 203 at the February 1 AML event with this submission. The first 30 seconds was autonomous, and the remaining two minutes was driver controlled. This was one of the top scores recorded in the AML for this event.

This league consists of over 40 teams in the Austin area, including World Champion Finalist and award winners from many of these schools. The AML championship will be held in late March, and this past event and two more upcoming events will serve as a series of three events used to rank teams heading into the championship. 

Currently, the Lightsaders are in a great position, setting a strong pace for the rest of the teams to pursue.  Stay tuned for more exciting developments as the season progresses.  Our next event will be during the one week window of Feb 10-17 (AML Meet 2).  The team has great hopes to continue a blistering pace and build off of the success of Meet 1.
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