Photo by Laura Gjovaag
Sunnyside High School students Esmeralda Romero, Jose Acevedo, Kevin Flores and Kevin Alonso work on a robot after a match at the Eastern Washington VEX Robotics Championship held at Sunnyside High School last Saturday.
As of Tuesday, March 10, 2015
A total of 29 teams from nine Eastern Washington schools converged on Sunnyside High School this past Saturday to test technological skills against each other in the Eastern Washington VEX Robotics Championship.
The tournament was open to teams that had reached performance benchmarks during previous events.
The top finishing teams last Saturday qualified for the U.S. Open Robotics Championship in Iowa or the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship in Kentucky.
Three Sunnyside High School teams competed Saturday. One team, The Blade, made it to the finals.
In VEX Robotics competitions, student teams must build a robot from standard VEX parts that accomplish a particular task. This year’s task was VEX Skyrise, in which robots can accumulate points by building a pole out of tubular pieces and by manipulating cubes around an arena.
The teams compete in three-team alliances for the championship and also compete individually for other honors.
Winning the Eastern Washington VEX Robotics Championship was the alliance of the Vexinators, team 609X of Toppenish High School and two Wolf Tech teams, 5250T and 5250G, of Goldendale High School. All three teams in the alliance qualified for the U.S. Open Robotics and VEX Robotics World championships.
Also qualifying for the world championships were the winners of the tourney’s excellence awards. The Toppenators (7069E) of Toppenish Middle School earned the honor at the middle school level while the Riverside Rogues (9167R) of Riverside Christian School took the honor at the high school level.
Earning the Robot Skills championship with 35 points was the ToppBots (7069D) of Toppenish Middle School.
Earning the Programming Skills championship with 15 points was the Ocelots (7069G) of Toppenish Middle School.