Twenty-four middle school students competed in three different events at the National Robotics Challenge in Marion last week. It was an outstanding showing of resiliency and perseverance for the group, as many were either completely new to competitive robotics or tried a different event for the first time. With three novice teams competing, a Wellington 8th grade team placed 4th out of 28 teams in the Botball competition. Out of more than 80 robots competing in Mini-Sumo, a Wellington 6th grade team using a Vex IQ robot for the first time, just missed the eight team finals by one win.
An 8th grade team advanced to Saturday’s double elimination finals and won the 3rd place Bronze Award. Wellington swept the Scratch Interactivity Challenge winning gold, silver and bronze awards, as well as the 2nd place team earning a highly coveted Innovation Award Nomination for their unique headpiece controller.
“I was really proud of our students for challenging themselves in new ways,” said Helen McConaghy, middle school technology integration specialist. “They showed no fear.”
Congratulations to the following student participants:
Amir Abdelbaki ‘22, Parker Haskett ‘22, and Liam Ross ‘22 made it to the Saturday final 8. They took home 3rd Place, the Bronze Award.
Henry Allen ‘24, Sam Breyfogle ‘24, Ethan Paider ‘24, and Arjun Tonapi ‘24 just missed Saturday finals by one win in their double elimination bracket.
Max Boster ‘25 and Ellie Belford ‘24 competed for the first time in Mini-Sumo 6-8 Middle School division and managed two wins before their double elimination.
Tim Alexandrov ‘22, Leroy Dannemiller ‘22, and Alex Lott ‘22 took 4th place.
Matthias Olkkonen ‘24 and Ahmed Batun ‘24 competed at the NRC for the 1st time.
Henry Allen ‘24 and Arjun Tonapi ‘24 competed in Botball for the first time.
Interactivity Challenge (SCRATCH with Makey Makey) a Wellington clean sweep
Jake Browning ‘22 and Harvey Wheeler ‘22 took 1st place, the Gold Award.
Olivia Kallas ‘25, Allison Klingler ‘23, and Abigail Noritz ‘23 took 2nd place, the Silver Award. They also were nominated for the Innovation Award for the most innovative program in elementary, middle, and upper school for the challenge.
Pierre Cruse ‘25, Charlie Lowrey ‘25, and Benjamin Taylor ‘23 took 3rd place, the Bronze Award.
Zack Sagone ‘23 and Max Winter ‘23 the judges found their program “original and engaging.”