On May 11, the Trumbull High School Robotics Club traveled to Rahway NJ to compete in the Botball® NY/NJ Regional tournament. The team has been planning, designing and building robots for the tournament since the kickoff workshop in March. The robots compete on an eight foot square game board by sensing objects of various shape, size and color, retrieving them and placing them in specified locations. This is done through a designed obstacle course that included other teams’ obstructing robots.
THS was challenged through the initial seeding rounds, earning 9th place out of 27 teams. In the following head to head double elimination rounds, the THS team persisted in fending off many of the region’s other teams, culminating in a dramatic defeat of a regional superstar, The Peddie School. The significance of this is that The Peddie School has a dedicated robotics class and laboratory, while the THS team is an after school club.
At the concluding awards ceremony, THS was honored with the Judges Choice Award for the best documentation of robot development coordinated by Senior Grace Forster. The other attending team members included Greg St Germain, Mason deMelo, Tommy Daly, Sam Nguyen, Dan Yankura, and Jack Tinker. Aleksey Klimchenko, a significant robot building team contributor, was unable to attend.
The team is grateful for the long time support of the Trumbull ACE foundation, BEI and Trumbull Tech Foundation.