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Tuesday December 19, 2017 at 3:40pm Age: 357 days
Category: High School, District

MINISINK ROBOTICS CLUB TAKES 2ND OVERALL PLACE AT REGIONAL COMPETITION


“This is the best we’ve ever done at a Vex competition,” said Robotics Club President James Drake to the cheers of his fellow 27 members, when he addressed them on Monday. On Saturday, Dec. 16, three Minisink teams placed second overall in this year’s second Vex Robotics Competition (VRC, in Sussex, NJ. Minisink entered the competition with six teams, and six robots.

“We’re having a great year. Our new members picked up a lot of programming and building knowledge in a very short time, and it’s been astounding to see how well new and more experienced members are working together,” James said.

With members in grades 7-12, this year’s Robotics Club is divided in six teams of programmers and builders. Builders in each team start off by designing and engineering a bot. Programmers decide how the bots are going to score points on the game board and begin developing the necessary code. From there they work closely together, systematically testing and tweaking their bots to ensure every piece is in the right place, and everything happens at the right time and speed – with consistency.

The club meets September through May, three times a week, and up to 6 times a week around competitions.

In the months ahead the club will participate in the third Vex Robotics Competition on Jan. 21, engineer vessels to participate in the annual Chris Corwin Cardboard Boat Race, and prepare for Botball season!