In October 2017, Holgate Robotics Club had our first ever meeting. We were lucky enough to win two Lego Mindstorm kits with the aim of entering a regional, and hopefully national, competition in March 2018. The students were excited to get going, building a basic robot to race over a short distance. In the coming weeks, we would add sensors (colour, touch and gyro) to enhance our robots, work on gears to maximise the speed and hone our presentation skills. There were two challenges and two presentations to prepare for. The first was a speed challenge, a drag race over four metres. The second mat challenge involved gathering engines for a plane, collecting humanitarian aid to take on the flight and getting the engineer to the plane ready for take-off. Our robot then had to climb a steep ramp for bonus points. The codes were incredibly complex and took us several weeks and several meetings, but two days before competition, we were just about ready. Then came the snow.