MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn High School Vex Robotics Team won the State Championship on March 12 and they have qualified for the Nationals/World Competition in Louisville, Kentucky from April 19 to 22, 2017.
A VEX tournament pits two robots against each other on opposite sides of a fence. The robots throw foam stars and cubes over the fence for two minutes. At the end of this period whichever side has the most objects loses. Each robot represents a different team, so students have to work with as well as compete against other schools. The two minute period is split up into a 15-second autonomous section, where the robot is programmed to play on its own without anyone touching the controller, the 1:45 after this period is driver controlled.
In addition to being the New Jersey Tournament Champions, the team scored highest in the state in programming and driver skills, which earned them the Robot Skills Challenge Championship. They (and their robot, Sally Joe Bob V) won 6 out of 8 of the competitions on the road to the state tournament. (See the team’s season stats here: https://vexdb.io/teams/view/7405M )
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They will be holding a variety of fundraisers in coming weeks to support funding this exciting, but unanticipated trip, including a gofundme page. Millburn Robotics has grown rapidly in the past couple of years, and is just beginning to secure the financial base to support team travel.
Questions about the Millburn High School robotics program may be sent to the robotics adviser, David Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help support the team’s trip to Louisville, go to https://www.gofundme.com/2017VEXMHS
Videos of the team competitions: