UPDATED: WalshBots Team Qualifies For Regional Robotics Championship

Originally posted on Janaury 20. Updated on January 25.


FRAMINGHAM – A team from Walsh Middle School is moving on to the VEX Robotics ‘Turning Point’ regional championships on February 23.

Walsh Middle School hosted a qualifying competition for VEX Robotics ‘Turning Point’ on Saturday, January 19.

Teams from Locke Middle School, North Andover Middle School, Walsh Middle School, and Lexington Town Robotics who will move on to qualified for the Regional Championships.

9791B – WalshBot Brady Bunch won Tournament Champions

Cameron Middle School’s Team 594A earned a judge’s award.

Framingham Public Schools had four teams that competed on Saturday.
The competition required middle and high school students to execute the 2018-2019 VEX Robotics Competition game, Turning Point, which is played by stacking caps on posts, by flipping caps, by stacking balls on caps, by toggling flags by throwing balls.

Students have been designing, building, programming, and testing their robots ever since the game was revealed last April.

As part of the Framingham Public Schools after school program, students meet multiple times a week to work on their robot. Teams can also bring the robots home to perfect their build and programming.

As Tournament Champions recipients, the team 9791B has qualified for the Southern New England Middle School Regional Champions, extending their journey as they seek to qualify and compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship.

WalshBots Brady Bunch VEX Robotics Competition team is comprised of 8th graders Brady Levensohn, Ryan McLoughlin, Molly O’Mara, and Paige Spodick.

“I am proud of these students for their persistent problem solving in designing, building and programming their robot,” said Pascal Chesnais, advisor to the WalshBots. “They brought consistency to the competition field, great sportsmanship, and the results show it. I look forward to watching them iterate their design between now and regional championship where I expect them to shine.”

This is the third year the CamCats team 5948A has competed for Cameron Middle School. The team’s original participants are 8th graders Nilufar Noorian and Lena Ocain and, new to the team this year, is 6th grader Zeybek Tezduyar.

For the past two year, the Cameron team has traveled to Walsh Middle School in the afternoon to work with the Walsh teams in Walsh’s Robotics Lab.

But this year, Cameron is working in the newly-created makerspace.

Angie Goldberg, the CamCats’ advisor said, “Our experience working at Walsh has helped this team build the knowledge and confidence needed to work on their own. We are still able to draw on the resources and expertise of Walsh when needed and truly appreciate all the support from their club and also the club at FHS.”

Award-winners included:Excellence Award – 8025A – Locke Monsters Robotics  – Locke Middle School – Billerica, Massachusetts

Tournament Champions – 8025B – Locke Monsters Robotics  – Locke Middle School – Billerica, Massachusetts

Tournament Champions – 9791B – WalshBots Brady Bunch – Walsh Middle School – Framingham, Massachusetts

Design Award – 99567X – #TeamXtreme – North Andover Middle School – North Andover, Massachusetts

Judges Award – 5948A – Cameron Middle School – Cameron Middle School – Framingham, Massachusetts

Tournament Finalist – 10102X – Knight Tech – Town Robotics – Lexington, MassachusettsTournament Finalist – 8025A – Locke Monsters Robotics  – Locke Middle School, Billerica, Massachusetts

Robot Skills Champion – 8025B – Locke Monsters Robotics – Locke Middle School – Billerica, Massachusetts

The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation manages the VEX Robotics Competition, which thousands of schools participate in around the world each year.

Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation, said, “As an experienced robotics mentor, I’ve seen firsthand the engineering skill and leadership expertise that students gain by participating in the VEX Robotics Competition. It’s an experience that will stay with them long after their school days are over, offering a new appreciation for STEM and laying a strong foundation of critical problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.”

WalshBots will be competing in the upcoming Framingham Turningpoint VEX Robotics Competition qualifier on February 9 at Walsh Middle School.

The event is open and free for media, families, and other community members to attend.


Photos courtesy of WalshBots Social Media

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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