Wacona Elementary's robotics team, known as Warebotics, recently traveled to North Forsyth High School in Cumming, Georgia, to compete in their second Vex IQ robotics competition. There were 56 elementary and middle school teams represented in the competition. Warebotics entered two robots in the competition.
During the Teamwork Challenge, Robot 16087A had a total of 6 alliance matches. After dropping the lowest score, the team's total score of 142 put them in the top ten to compete in the finals match. During the Team Challenge Finals, Luke H. and Evan P. were paired with VCMSViper1 from Vickery Creek Middle School and scored a total of 33 points, placing them in 4th place overall for the competition. This a great improvement from the team's first competition placement of 26th place overall. Other Robot 16087A team members included Cyntiana C., Abbiggail P., and John David H.
Three of Robot 16087B team members, Trent T., Grayson M. and Cody G., competed in the Driver Skills/Programming Skill Challenge, placing 23rd of 56 teams. Although Robot 16087B did not make the finals, the team placed 19th out of 57 teams overall, with a score of 102, a significant improvement from the first competition placement of 36th! Other Robot 16087B team members included Maddox G. and Connor C., and coaches for this event included James Bell and Michele Yaun.
A third competition was held at Newton College and Career Academy in Covington, Georgia with 40 elementary teams competing at the event. Wacona Warebotics once again made great improvements! Robot 16087A placed 4th in Driver Skills with Dallas B. and Lindsy M. and in Programming Skills with Olivia S. for a combined total of 59 points. Grant G.and Logan H. were set to compete in the Driver Skills Challenge, with Noah B. to compete in the Programming Skills challenge; however, one of the robot motors malfunctioned and needed to be replaced, causing these team members to miss their challenges.
The Teamwork Challenge placed Robot 16087A in 5th place with a total of 136 points, allowing them to compete in the finals. All Team A members paired up to contribute to the total of 136 points, making the final top 10. The top 10 Teamwork Challenge match paired Dallas B. and Olivia S.on Wacona Warebot Robot 16087A with two students from the Thunderbolts from Cumming, Georgia. This alliance placed 3rd overall with a score of 30, which was one point away from second place. Wacona Warebot 16087B placed 20th with a score of 104 points.
Robot 16087A team members included Dallas B., Olivia S., Sophie C., and Lindsy M. Robot 16987B team members included Noah B., Mason T. Grant G., and Logan H. Coaches for this event included Darlene Smith and Michele Yaun.
The Warebotics sponsors and Wacona Elementary School wish to thank their team sponsors for helping them make their first season so awesome! Sponsors include: McVeigh’s Collision Center, Coastal Pines Technical College, Southern Wholesale Florist, Hatcher Farms, Dr. Irfan at Southeast Georgia Gastrology, and Hackel & Hackel. The team is also very appreciative of the support of school administrators, Principal John Chancey and Assistant Principal Shawn Benefield, as well as the team parents.
Bottom Row L-R: Evan P., Luke H., Connor C., and David H., Top Row L-R: Cody G., Abbigail P., Grayson M., Cyntiana C., and Maddox G. Not pictured: Trent T.
Pictured: Bottom Row L-R: Grant G. and Noah B., Middle Row L-R: Lindsy M., and Dallas B., Back Row L-R: Logan H., Sophie C., and Mason T. Not pictured: Olivia S.