Robotics Earns State Level in VEX Competition

Brandon O’Rourke and Kyle Hubbs with their winning robot.
Brandon O’Rourke and Kyle Hubbs with their winning robot.
Kyle Hubbs, Mr. Jaime Rogers and Brandon O’Rourke with their VEX Design Award.
Kyle Hubbs, Mr. Jaime Rogers and Brandon O’Rourke with their VEX Design Award.
Maneuvering and holding the Atlas Ball, and then completing a 40” pull-up was accomplished by only one team, the Whitman Robocats!
Maneuvering and holding the Atlas Ball, and then completing a 40” pull-up was accomplished by only one team, the Whitman Robocats!

The Whitman Robocats expanded this year to include a VEX team through a grant from the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC).  The foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally.

Twenty-six teams from Long Island competed for robotics honors this past Saturday at Adelphi University. Mr. Jaime Rogers, Walt Whitman science teacher, as well as South Huntington’s Teacher of the Year, wrote the grant that successfully allowed our students to compete.

In the competition, Whitman’s robot was the only robot innovative enough to do a 40" pull up while holding an atlas ball, earning the team 20 points.  The Wildcat Robocats also won the VEX Design Award and made it into the final rounds of the competition that qualified the team for the state championship to be held at Adelphi University on March 8.  

Additional information about the VEX competition was featured in Sunday’s Newsday with photos of the Whitman team. Please see link to article below: 

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/li-kids-vie-for-honors-in-robotics-competition-1.6997343 

 

Congratulations Whitman Robocats!