Lowndes High School VEX Robotics teams emerged victorious as they hosted their 7th VEX Robotics tournament at LHS on Saturday, January 23. Five Viking Robotics teams joined nineteen other teams competing from the South Georgia and North Florida area.
Lowndes High School has had a VEX Robotics team for seven years, and has proved successful, competing and excelling in local, state, and world tournaments throughout those years. With most team members graduating at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year, this year seemed to be a rebuilding year. Despite this, Lowndes VEX Robotics has risen to the occasion, competing in three tournaments already this year, winning two excellence awards and two tournament championships.
VEX Robotics is an organization where team members design, build, program, and drive a robot they make for the current year’s game. The 2015-2016 theme for VEX Robotics is Nothing But Net. Robots compete with one other team in order to shoot the game balls into the team’s net. They also have the opportunity to earn additional points by lifting their teammate off the ground towards the end of the match. Though this game presents new challenges to robotics teams, Lowndes has proven they are up to the challenge.
All five LHS robotics teams were picked to proceed to the tournament round, following the qualifying matches. These teams were 383V (Sem Martinez), 383E (Wesley Holt, Garrett Garland, Mason Sterling), 383X (Chris Bellflowers, Liam Wetherington), 383N (Reilly Lennon), and 383G (Nolan Livings, Jamie Quick, Gary Pratt). All of the Viking Robotics teams were selected to move on to the semifinalist round. 383V finished the tournament as champion, with 383X as a runner-up. 383V received the Excellence Award, for having the best Engineering Notebook and interview, qualifying him to compete at the State VEX Championship in McDonough, Georgia in February.
Lowndes High School would like to thank all of the supporters and volunteers including PCA, Craven Industrial Construction, Virtual World Technologies, and Georgia Power for all of their contributions and dedication to making this tournament a success. Lowndes VEX Robotics plans to attend the State VEX Tournament, February 26-27.