Friday, March 16, 2012

Robotics team qualifies for ‘nationals’

Team 1588 takes 1st at Boise tournament

Express Staff Writer

A Wood River High School VEX Robotics Competition team took first place at a tournament in Boise last week, qualifying the students for national competition in June in Nashville, Tenn.

The team, dubbed 1588 and composed of students Riley Heneghan and J.T. Sutton, walked away as tournament champions from the Idaho State Technology Student Association meet held Friday, March 9.

Kevin Lupton, team advisor and instructor at the high school's Architectural and Mechanical Design Academy, said Tuesday that he intended to take to two teams to the tournament, but that students Cory Brown and Levi Young, of team 1588B, were ill the week before the tournament and unable to attend.


VEX Robotics Competition, sponsored by VEX Robotics Design Systems, involves testing the robotic skills of machines designed and built by students. Competition parameters are changed each year, but typically involve testing robotic skills at moving, climbing, and picking up or throwing or launching objects.

"Riley and J.T. have quite literally put hundreds of hours into their robotic efforts this year, so I was happy to see them rewarded," Lupton said. "Monday morning they arrived at school and informed me that they were going to build a new robot for nationals. They started to dismantle the old one today."

Terry Smith:

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