IRMO- In their first competition of the season, the Dutch Fork High School VEX Robotics team traveled to Beaufort, South Carolina and took first place in the event. The team named “M.T. Brainz” consisted of: Charles Davis, Darren Maharajh, Garrett Dawson, Guytano Mancine, Isaac Bryson, Kate Land, Nathanael Oliver, Nathen Cronk, Sofia Guerrero, Arjun Verma and Thomas Pinckney.
In VEX Robotics Competitions, teams design and build a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications and more. Students maintain clear and accurate engineering records and documentation. Programming, CAD design software and mechanical design skills are put to work in the construction of a VEX robot.
“It’s a lot of chaos, but it’s fun chaos,” Garrett Dawson said. Teammates Isaac Bryson and Arjun Verma added, “It’s a fun and energetic competition. Everyone there is friendly. We enjoy it so much because it is an adrenaline-pumped joyride.”
The VEX Robotics Competition is played on a 12’x12’ square field. Team alliances are formed and matches consisting of a 15-second autonomous period followed by one-minute and forty-five second driver-controlled are conducted. With the win, this qualifies Dutch Fork High School to compete at the state tournament this spring and with the Technology Student Association this summer in Florida.
Team sponsor Sondra Suarez said the team’s cooperative spirit served them well in their first competition. “I was very proud of the eager excitement and problem solving ability the students showed as each round of the competition moved them higher in the rankings,” Suarez said. “The students displayed grace and enthusiasm when they realized how well the robot they created had performed.”