In the early years of robotics in my primary school, my dream was to win the regional First Lego League Singapore.
During the first few months of 2014, the school gave me an opportunity to fulfill my long awaited dream. I formed a Team with my friends. We called ourselves "Pencil Bots". We thought it was going to be a breeze as we thought we had a lot of time. However, the truth dawned upon us. We realised we only had three months or so to prepare for the competition. This sparked worries among our group as we thought we could not make it. We thought we did not have enough time.
For the first month or so, we knew time was of the essence. The word "failure" haunted us. We worked very hard to try to make sure our nightmare did not become reality. We persevered and did our best.
At the end of the first month, we found out that we were ahead of time. The nightmare was slowly vanishing and my dream of winning was starting to become a reality.
In the second month a new hurdle appeared. Exams. However, the exams only slowed us down, they did not stop us. We continued to persevere in hopes of being successful.
Seeing the fruit of our hard work from the first month, we continued to persevere. With the everlasting and strong support of our families, friends, and especially teachers, we managed to complete our preparation just in time for the competition.
Time flew by and soon it was time for the annual two-day competition
During the course of the two days during the competition, we did our best and persevered. Even though we made mistakes which lowered our morale, we still did our best.
Even though throughout the whole journey of the competition, the tides turned on us many times, we managed to bypass them.
So you may be wondering, what was our results? Well, the fruit of our labour was that we claimed the title of Champions for the regional competition and qualified for the First Lego Leauge Championships held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada two months later.