Two Farmingdale High School robotics teams qualified this past weekend for the opportunity to compete in the 2020 Southern New York State Championship Tournament!
On November 16, 2019, The Long Island School for the Gifted hosted the VEX "Tower Takeover" Qualifying Tournament. Farmingdale team VEXistential Crisis finished in first place against eighteen other teams in qualifying matches and— partnered with the Harvey School—defeated all challengers to become the tournament champions! Team Biohazard earned the Excellence award for best all-around performance—the highest award given by the judges.
“This year’s game is not just about building and programming. Strategy is more critical than ever before,” said team coach Ann Grady. “The students have been practicing lots of scenarios to prepare for competition. Qualifying so early in the season should give them the opportunity to experiment with code and engineering for the next few months.”
Farmingdale High School will host their own tournament on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Forty high school and middle school teams will play the “Tower Takeover” game, and thirty-five middle school and elementary school teams will play “Squared Away.”
The Southern NYS Championship will take place next spring at the Harvey School in Katonah, New York.
VEX Robotics was created by The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. Their mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs.