Seventeen teams from schools throughout our region and beyond competed for a chance at the State finals that will take place in the spring of 2019.  Students had to assemble robots capable of accomplishing various tasks simultaneously such as launching balls at targets, turning disks over to their team’s color, as well as defending their ground on platforms.  In each match, teams were paired up and then competed against another pair of teams. Each team took part in a minimum of eight qualifying matches throughout the day. The top teams of the day then moved on to the quarter, semi and final rounds.

WarriorBots placed sixth in the skills portion of the day and took ninth overall in the qualification matches. That ninth place finish placed them into the quarterfinals, and with that win the semifinal round.

Matthias Johnson, the WarriorBots Coach, was thrilled with Saturday’s outcome. “We are in our second year of competitions and I am again impressed at how much these students accomplished.” remarked Mr. Johnson. “Our robot,” he explained, “was still using the original Cortex system due to shipping delays and was not as strong as the new V5 system that many other schools had already received and were using in the competition.  Given that disadvantage, with our design, we were still able to make it into the semifinals, which is a tremendous feat.”

Awards Winners from Saturday’s Tournament include:

Tournament Champions – KAIZEN 改善 (Granville Jr.//Sr. High School) & RoboCavs (The Harvey School – Katonah)

Robot Skill Champion - Kennedy Gaels (Kennedy Catholic High School – Somers)

Design Award – RoboCavs (The Harvey School - Katonah)

Excellence Award – Kennedy Gaels (Kennedy Catholic High School – Somers)

Judges Award – Making HerStory (Fallsburg Jr.//Sr. High School – Fallsburg)

Volunteer Award – Warriors (Lake George CSD – Lake George)

Saturday’s tournament was one of the first events in our region’s VEX EDR schedule, and it is the only one taking place in the Mid-Hudson Valley.  Mr. Johnson added, “It is Incredible to see other teams come together and help make this day a reality. A special thanks to all those that attended and helped out wherever they could.  In addition, with Lourdes hosting tournaments, there is now an opportunity for local teams to travel less. Most events open to us are scattered throughout NY State which require at least an hour of travel. Hopefully this will incentivize local schools to start teams.”

In addition to the team from Our Lady of Lourdes, competing schools included:  The Harvey School, Fallsburg Jr.//Sr. High School Granville Jr.//Sr. High School, Kennedy Catholic High School, Wallkill Senior High School, The Mount Academy (Esopus), Orange-Ulster BOCES, and Lake George CSD. 

WarriorBots will compete this weekend (December 15th) at the Catskill New Bot Battle XL - VRC Turning Point Qualifier to be held at SUNY Sullivan.