SPARTA, NJ – The newly formed Newton High School VEX robotics team competed at the Sparta High School VEX competition last week. They competed against teams from Sparta, High Point, Kittatinny and 50 other schools.
The members of the team Edward Holder, Josh Dix, Sean Dunn, Liam Cunningham and Michael McGovern are also part of the FIRST Robotics team at Newton High School. Both teams share the name Aperture.
In their first ever VEX competition the team finished 35 winning three of their eight matches, according to coach James Hofmann.
The boys said they “enjoy working together” and “have a lot of fun” doing the work of building their bot and preparing for competition.
The team members said they expanded into VEX to “incorporate more people.” They said the difference between VEX and FIRST is size; “the VEX program is smaller, FIRST is a bigger scale.”
The VEX Turning Point challenge had several elements on the playing field by which teams could earn points. The bots could park on the platforms, launch balls to change the colors of the flags, flip discs to have their color face up and place the discs on poles at the perimeter of the playing field.
During the competition there is an autonomous phase where the robot is programmed to perform tasks and a driver phase. The teams are randomly paired with other teams during the preliminary events. In the final rounds teams choose an ally to compete against two other teams.
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