Farmingdale High School Hosts Second Annual VEX Tournament
Farmingdale High School hosted their second annual VEX Robotics Competition this past weekend. The tournament included 37 high school teams and 35 middle school teams from the New York regional area. High school students competed in a challenge called Turning Point, and middle schoolers competed in a challenge called IQ Next Level. The purpose of the competition is to explore innovation through robotics, celebrate student accomplishments, and encourage friendly competition.
The winning teams (who also earned a spot to compete in the state level competition), were the Kennedy Gaels from Kennedy Catholic High School and the RoboCavs from The Harvey School. All three of the Farmingdale High School teams—The Robodalers, VEXcalibur and VEXistential Crisis—qualified previously to this competition to advance to the NYS finals. The state level finals will be held March 2, 2019 at East Rockaway High School.
“This year we invested in new technology that is faster and more powerful,” said Team Coach Ann Grady. “By qualifying for States in the first two regional tournaments of the season, the teams have a great opportunity to experiment with various designs and programs to expand the robots’ capabilities. There’s still a lot to learn, and I’m excited to see what they will be competing with at States.”
Farmingdale’s robotics teams have consistently qualified for the Southern New York State VEX Championship and have advanced to the VEX World Championship (held every April) for the past four years.
VEX Robotics was created by The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. Their mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs.