Robotics travel to Vex tournament


The competing students present their robots during the competition. Credit: Tammer Bagdasarian ’20 / SPECTRUM

By Tammer Bagdasarian ’20

Three middle school robotics teams competed in a robotics competition at Hesperia High School on Saturday.
Robotics team “TNTech” placed 40th overall, while the other middle school teams, “A Vex Odyssey” and “IronGiants,” placed 25th and 15th, respectively. This tournament was the first time that the teams competed in a Vex competition, which involves a different tournament format and technology than the previously used First Tech Challenge (FTC).
Program Head Juan Colin said he has high hopes for the teams this year.
“I think that we can perform well as a team this year, but the most important thing is that the children have a good experience,” Colin said.
The first Vex tournament that the teams competed in was hard to get used to. Build Leader Coco Kaleel `20 said the experience was very different from past competitions.
“It was definitely strange using the different technology, but as we get used to it, I think that we will be able to perform better in the competitions, and I look forward to them,” Kaleel said.
The team’s next tournament is on Jan. 13.
“We will continue making modifications to the robots for the upcoming tournaments and we look forward to competing,” Colin said.