Eastern Tech team emerges as winner at Stampede VEX Robotics Event

VEX RoboticsTOWSON, MD — Teams from Eastern Technical High School, Hereford High School, and Hereford Middle School captured nine of 12 awards at Hereford Zone Robotics’ 6th annual Stampede VEX Robotics Event.

At the December 2 event, held at Hereford Middle School, 44 teams from throughout the Maryland area participated, including teams from the following Baltimore County schools: Dulaney High School, Eastern Technical High School, Hereford High School, Hereford Middle School, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, and Western School of Technology.

The BCPS teams winning honors were:

  • Excellence Award – Team 929U, Hereford Zone Robotics, Hereford High School
  • Tournament Champions – Team 929U, Hereford Zone Robotics, Hereford High School
  • Tournament Champions – Team 929X, Hereford Zone Robotics, Hereford High School
  • Tournament Finalists—Team 5839E, Tech 5 – The Terminator!, Eastern Technical High School
  • Tournament Finalists – Team 929H, Robotics Club Hereford, Hereford High School
  • Tournament Finalists – Team 929D, Hereford Zone Robotics, Hereford High School
  • Robot Skills Winner – Team 9290B, Hereford Zone Robotics, Hereford Middle School
  • Design Award – Team 929X, Hereford Zone Robotics, Hereford High School
  • Create Award – Team 9290B, Hereford Zone Robotics, Hereford Middle School

As a result of their performance, all of the BCPS teams winning honors qualified for the Maryland State VEX Robotics Championships.

Christopher Putnam, a S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) teacher at Hereford Middle and an event coordinator, noted that Team 9290B, which earned the top prize in the Robot Skills division, ended up with a score of 142, which places them 19th in the world out of all middle and high school VEX robotics teams. The members of Team 9290B are Cole Borror, Nick Sackleh, Nick Janney, and Collin Lee.

Eastern Tech team advances to VEX Robotics World Championship

VEX RoboticsTOWSON, MD – Eleven teams representing Baltimore County Public Schools have qualified to participate in the VEX Robotics World Championship, sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, to be held April 19 – 25 in Louisville, Ky.

The participating teams are Dulaney High School team 1727G; Eastern Technical High School teams 5839E and 5839A; Hereford High School team 929U; Hereford Middle School teams 929B, 929J, 9290B, and 9290D; Patapsco High School team 6274B; Ridgely Middle School team 952B; and Towson High School team 934Z..

The teams secured spots at the world’s largest robotics competition through its success at the Maryland State Championships, where they won excellence, design, robot skills, or semifinalist awards, or won the event as a tournament champion or teamwork champion.

“Participating in the VEX Robotics Competition in school has strengthened the students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and given them the skills they need to succeed well beyond high school.” said Patapsco High School teacher Ryan Hoge. “We’re excited to attend the VEX Robotics World Championship to compete with teams from around the world.”

According to Jason Morrella, president of the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation, “Qualifying for the VEX Robotics World Championship is the culmination of a full year’s worth of academic success and an opportunity to join the best robotics teams from around the world to celebrate and help us crown world champions from elementary school, middle school, high school, and college.”

VEX Competitions are the fastest growing competitive robotics programs for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the world, with nearly 18,000 teams from over 40 countries that participate in more than 1,300 competitions worldwide. The competition season culminates each spring, with the VEX Robotics World Championship. The VEX Robotics World Championship will feature approximately 1,400 of the top teams from around the world.