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FRAMINGHAM – A decade ago in 2013, a half dozen students created the first robotics team at Framingham High School.

Over the last decade, Framingham High robotics teams have qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The pandemic struck, and the Flyers have not been back since to Worlds.

But in 2023, the Framingham High robotics team qualified not one, but two teams, for the VEX Robotics World Championship on April 24-27 in Dallas, Texas, said Framingham High Robotics advisor Peter Erbland.

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Framingham High Robotics hosted the VEX Robotics Southern New England Regional High School Championships on March 11-12 at Walsh Middle School.

Eighty of the best robotics teams from Massachusetts and Connecticut competed for 24 qualification slots to the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, with two Framingham High teams earning a spot.

Qualifying was

  • Team 9421R – Roboty McRobotface.
  • Team 9421H – Hot Sauce

At the Southern New England Regional Championships, Team 9421R – Roboty McRobotface – entered the elimination rounds in fourth place with 8 wins and 1 loss. They made it to the semifinals at the event, which qualified them for the World Championship.

The team is comprised of seniors graders CJ Crocker, Ryan McLoughlin, Brady Levensohn, Zach Dustin, and Tyler Garofalo.

In 2019, these students attended the Middle School World Championship in 2019, where they received the Inspire Award in their Division.

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Also qualifying was Team 9421H – Hot Sauce. Their record was was 6-3 and entered eliminations in 17 place. While they lost in the first round of eliminations, they were able to qualify for the World Championship based on their performance in the Robot Skills category, said Erbland.

The team is made up of sophomores Hartej Anand, Liam Hebert, Liam Parker, Joshua Peace, Kanwardeep Randhawa, Nick Swann, and Ben Zislin.

The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 20,000 teams from 50 countries playing in more than 1,700 competitions worldwide.

Annually, the challenges change. The engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round in competitions.

This year’s challenge is VRC Spin Up.

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VEX Robotics Competition Spin Up is played on a 12’x12’ square field.

Two (Alliances – one red and one blue – composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a 15-second Autonomous Period, followed by a 1:45 minute Driver Controlled Period.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by scoring discs in goals, owning rollers, and covering field tiles at the end of the match.

The two Framingham High teams are fundraising to send all the members to Dallas for the World Competition.

If you would like to contribute, click here.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.