The noble robot, clad in red and blue,
that sallies forth across the battlefield,
obeys the drive team warlords’ every cue,
returns to pit commanders to be healed.
The buzzer sounds! The robots all advance,
at first, autonomous, then, in a flash,
their human players join them in the dance.
See how they meet the ramparts with a crash!
On 3D-printed treads, the Firebird
maneuvers deftly over rough terrain.
By moat and sally port ’tis undeterred.
It hurls its boulders and sets out again.
A finer robot could not be contrived
than Firebird of 1965!
Note: This sonnet honors the robotics team at Saint Joseph Prep, and was written onsite at their competition at NE First – Boston District Event on April 2, 2016. This year’s theme was medieval in nature, and students across New England went All. Out. with suits of armor, standard bearers, and even dragons! Most importantly, they built robots to navigate castle-style defenses, catapult “boulders,” and even scale towers. Check out these awesome young engineers at http://1965firebirds.org/home/!