VEX Robot Takes Whitman To State Level Competition

Left to right, seated with their VEX Design Trophy and award winning VEX Robot: Zachary Sohn, Patrick Cammer, Joe Kaye, Jeremy Bombace, Brandon O’Rourke, and Kyle Hubs.  Left to right standing: Mr. Austin Grabowski, Student Teacher from Stony Brook University; Mr. Jaime Rogers, Physics Teacher; Ms. Kathie Acker, Principal; Dr. David Bennardo, Schools Superintendent; Dr. Jared Bloom, Supervisor of Assessment and Technology; and Mr. Jon Varlamos, Assistant Principal.
Left to right, seated with their VEX Design Trophy and award winning VEX Robot: Zachary Sohn, Patrick Cammer, Joe Kaye, Jeremy Bombace, Brandon O’Rourke, and Kyle Hubs. Left to right standing: Mr. Austin Grabowski, Student Teacher from Stony Brook University; Mr. Jaime Rogers, Physics Teacher; Ms. Kathie Acker, Principal; Dr. David Bennardo, Schools Superintendent; Dr. Jared Bloom, Supervisor of Assessment and Technology; and Mr. Jon Varlamos, Assistant Principal.

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. 

Go Whitman Robocats!