Two CCPS Robotics Teams Advance to the VEX Robotics

March 19, 2014

ccpcTwo Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) robotics teams advance to the VEX Robotics World Competition next month after qualifying at the state event held March 8. The teams are from John Hanson and Piccowaxen middle schools and are two of 10 CCPS teams that competed at the state level.

Team 9316B from Hanson won the state Tournament Champion Award in the challenge. The challenge, titled “Toss Up,” is divided into qualifying rounds, team alliance selection rounds and elimination rounds in which teams maneuver their robots to compete in a 12-foot by 12-foot square area. Teams compete in matches consisting of a programming period followed by a period of driver-controlled play. The object of the game is to score the most points by scoring balls in designated goal zones.

As the Tournament Champion Award winner, the Hanson team advances to the national challenge. Members of the team are eighth graders Anthony Aceto, Tyler Cataldo, Hunter Donn, Emily Parent, Joshua Riddle and Chris Rodriguez, and sixth grader Cody Flerlage. The team coach is Dan Meltsner, a computer teacher at Hanson.

Team 5679B from Piccowaxen advances to the national event through their overall skill ranking received at the state event. Team members are seventh graders Andrew Fan, Matthew Jozwik, Zachary Shingleton and Andrew Vennemann, and sixth grader Conor Vienneau. Parent Joseph Fan is the team coach.Teams are responsible for designing, building and programming an innovative robot to use in the event. The teams from Hanson and Piccowaxen competed at the state event by qualifying at regional competitions hosted by the College of Southern Maryland. The VEX Robotics program is one of several coordinated to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields.

The state competition was held at the Carroll County Agricultural Center.

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