KATONAH, N.Y.— Harvey’s Middle School robotics program has qualified for the state tournament thanks to sixth-grader Clayton Collum of Mahopac and his seventh-grade partner, Wendy Lichtenberg.

The pair placed eighth out of 40 teams by scoring 36 points in the final match of the VEX IQ Challenge state-qualifier competition held last month at East Rockaway High School on Long Island.

This is the first year Harvey’s middle school team has competed in the event.

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Competing in the second match of the finals, Clayton’s team, called the RoboCavs, scored 36 crucial bonus points when they successfully balanced their robot on the bridge with just seconds to go. The teammates then waited anxiously on the sidelines for three matches to see if the other finalists would outscore them.

When a team in a subsequent round scored 46 points, Clayton and Wendy found themselves in second place. They held on to the runner-up spot when the remaining teams could not keep their robots from falling off the bridge.

The second-place finish means Clayton and his partner will compete in the state tournament in Massapequa.

Article provided by The Harvey School