Last weekend, the WMS Robotics Team took first place at a tournament of 35 teams at the VEX Robotics competition at Erskine Academy in Maine. WMS won the first seven rounds of competition and prevailed through the semifinal and final rounds. “The team started to win and then their confidence grew and grew. People started to gather around us to cheer us on,” said Coach Ben Moss, WMS teacher and Director of Technology. “A crowd of people was following us around and they wanted to know who we were and where we came from.”
This year’s VEX competition game is called “Toss Up.” Each team guides their robots to maneuver smaller, heavier balls and larger beach balls into the scoring areas that will give them the most points. The balls are transferred around the arena through some combination of throwing, carrying, placing, or pushing movements. Each team must also work to prevent their challenger’s robot from achieving similar goals.
There will be approximately 700 formal VEX Robotics competitions held throughout the world this year. In earning the championship and excellence trophies at the tournament last weekend, the WMS Robotics Team has qualified for a national competition in Omaha, Nebraska, where top robotics teams from around the world will come together. The winners in Omaha will advance on the U.S. National tournament in Hawaii. Congratulations to team members: Ben Ford ‘15, Adriano Ippolito ‘14, Jerry Li ‘15, Mandy Mu ‘15, Andrew Snead ’15, Coach Moss, and the team robot, “Screw Loose.”