Student robotics engineers compete in Sunnyside for national tournament berths

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.

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.



photo

Margarita Romero of Sunnyside High School concentrates on preparing her team’s robot for the arena. Three SHS robots competed in the championship tournament.

photo

A robot builds a “skyrise” out of plastic tubes. Points were scored by building the high rise, placing cubes on the skyrise or on poles around the arena, and by placing cubes in colored spots on the arena floor.

photo

Jose Acevedo and Kevin Alonso (L-R) of the Sunnyside High School team “The Blade” control a robot while SHS advisor Spencer Martin provides color commentary on the match in the background.

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.



Comments

Comments are subject to moderator review and may not appear immediately on the site.

Please read our commenting policy before posting.

Any comment violating the site's commenting guidelines will be removed and the user could be banned from the site.

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment