Robotics Teams Advance to Provincial Championships

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This past weekend, students from Lone Wolf Robotics (114T), Lockerby Robotics (12319V) and Team RA9 (6910R) from Superior Heights C&VS secured invitations to the Ontario VRC Provincial Championship after a grueling day of robotics competition at Sault College.

Students competed with and against 13 teams from Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury and Wawa. The action-packed day required middle and high school students to execute the 2018-2019 VEX Robotics Competition game, Turning Point, which is played by stacking caps on posts, by flipping caps, by stacking balls on caps, by toggling flags by throwing balls, and by parking robots.

Lone Wolf Robotics, comprised of Tia Bariciak and Shail Giroux, took home top honors, receiving the coveted Excellence award, as well as winning the tournament championship, in an alliance with Lockerby Robotics. They added the gold in Robot Skills.

Lockerby Robotics, made up of Hussain Alqassab, Dmitri Rios-Nadeau, Zachary Ross, Braeden Liscum, Braeden Poulin and William Tranchemontagne, shared the tournament championship, were also Robot Skills finalists, and won the Amaze and Sportsmanship awards.

Team RA9, with members Joyce Go and Anita Ansley, were selected by a panel of judges to receive the Design award, having demonstrated an organized and professional approach to the design process through their build.

Teams had been meeting for the past three months, or more, in preparation for the tournament. Students worked together to design, build and program a robot using the VEX EDR platform, that could quickly and efficiently solve specific challenges that come with playing the 2018-2019 VEX Robotics Competition game, Turning Point. They have also worked on the important set of skills is learned through the competition — communication, project management, time management and teamwork.

Teams from Korah C&VS, Michipicoten High School, Notre Dame du Sault and St. Mary’s College also participated in the past weekend’s event. MHSVikings (8716A) from Michipicoten High School won the Judges Award and Energy award, Team Trebuchet (6910T) from Superior Heights C&VS won the Build award, and NDS Voyageurs (84294A) from Notre Dame du Sault earned the Create award.

The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation manages the VEX Robotics Competition, in which thousands of schools participate from around the world. Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation, said, “As an experienced robotics mentor, I’ve seen firsthand the engineering skill and leadership expertise that students gain by participating in the VEX Robotics Competition. It’s an experience that will stay with them long after their school days are over, offering a new appreciation for STEM and laying a strong foundation of critical problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.”

For full results you can visit: https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/RE-VRC-18-6241.html

The next robotics action will be on January 12th, as Sault College will play host to elementary school teams as they compete in the VEX IQ Challenge, Next Level.

If you or your child is interested in becoming involved with the local VEX Robotics program, speak with your school principal or contact Mark Carlucci at mark@adsbvexrobotics.com.