As the regular season comes to a close in Ohio, Hillsboro Robotics has much to be thankful for.
Last season, HCS-Robotics qualified one team in the state tournament. This year, all four middle school teams have qualified for the state tournament. Teams have qualified for multiple accolades including: tournament finalist, design and excellence awards. Out of over 150 middle school teams in the state, Hillsboro will represent four in the top 30.
Teams add ccomplishments include:
• 99158 – Tournament Finalist (Emily C., Emily M., Evan, Jack, Jake)
• 99158B – Tournament Finalist, Design Award, Excellence Award (Abi, Eden, Owen, Sara)
• 99158C – Tournament Finalist (Aiden, Isaac, Sami, Will)
• 99158F – Excellence Award (Blake, Coltin, Emma, Joey, Miriam)
VEX Robotics in Ohio continues to grow. Compared to 2016, an additional 62 middle school teams started their programs this year. The growth continues as high school teams had an increase of 52 teams.
Robotics is a wonderful program for students. Teams must maintain a detailed analysis of their progress via an engineering notebook, which must adhere to the engineering design process. Students must also build a strong, competitive robot to withstand the test of multiple rounds of gameplay throughout a competition. By doing so, teams are then scored upon their knowledge of robotics, and then interviewed by a panel of professionals during a competition.
Again, all Hillsboro Middle School Middle School teams were consistently interviewed throughout the season, gaining valuable soft skills for their future endeavors. Finally, all teams will be competing March 10 at Marion-Harding High School for the state championship.
“We would like to thank our sponsors: Mark Edenfield Fuel, Weastec, Southern State Community College – Engineering Department, Gudenkauf Corporation, Buckeye Family Eye Clinic, Inc., and 2 Guys and Some Mowers,” the school said in a news release. “We are also honored to receive a grant from the South Central Power Foundation to allow more students to participate in the program. Without our sponsors we would not have been as successful as we were. We would also like to thank our participants, parents, and relatives for the early mornings, late evenings, and Saturdays where we dedicated our time building, programming and testing our robots. Also, to the families of the coaches who have supported them along the way, we thank all of you.”
Submitted by T.J. Crowder, Hillsboro technology education.