The WMS Robotics Team, in its very first season, took the VEX Robotics competition circuit by storm- narrowly missing qualification for the World Championship!
“Our early competitions often ended with our robot having mechanical difficulties, at times failing to even move, much less accomplish the complex tasks in the VEX ‘Toss-Up’ challenges. The team never allowed these early defeats to discourage them. Quite the opposite, they were invigorated, energized to bounce back and refine their design and prove their merit on the field of battle! By the time we got to the competition at Erskine Academy in Maine, the team had confidence, the robot was functioning well and we ended up winning both 1st place and the ‘Excellence Award’ for best robot design,” reported Ben Moss, WMS Robotics team coach and Director of Technology.
At the New England Regional Championship in Worcester, Massachusetts last weekend, the team narrowly missed qualifying for the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, California after having already earned an invitation to the national competition.
The White Mountain School team faced a field of 75 talented teams from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Quebec in the regional championship. WMS Robotics made it as high as second place in the rankings on the first day, beating the reigning world champions in a qualifying match. At the end of the second day WMS was 15th overall with two losses to top teams. WMS had some tough “ally” match-ups (one was absent from the event) and some mechanical issues and was eliminated from the regional competition in the quarterfinal round.
Coach Moss concluded, “Throughout the season we had wonderful support from our team parents, in particular Amy and Whit Ford and Barbara and Patrick Snead. The team left Worcester with a very positive upbeat attitude despite not being able to advance to the world championships this year. They know they are capable of being competitive and with the experience they gained, they are very optimistic for their chances next year. I wouldn’t bet against them!”
Congratulations to our dedicated team of student robotic engineers and their faculty mentor, Ben Moss, on an incredible season! We can’t wait to see how you take on the next VEX Robotics challenge this spring.
Click here to read Ben Moss’s full season wrap-up report.