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Robotics team places third in VEX World Championships

The Haverford School robotics program had four teams (169A, 169X, 169Y, and 169Z) compete at the VEX World Robotics Championships held in Louisville, Ky. Team 169A and alliance partner Team 8059A from Singapore won the Math Division, advanced to the Round Robin Finals, and finished third in the world. 

In addition to Team 169A and Team 8059’s Math Division Championship and third place finish, Team 169Y and their alliance partner were Technology Division Finalists and Teams 169X and 169Z and their alliance partners were Science Division and Research Division Semifinalists, respectively.

Team 169A – Math Division (William Clark, Scott Shaw, William Vauclain) ranked second in their division after completing the Qualification Round. Team 169A partnered with the first place team, Team 8059A (Blank) from Singapore, for the Math Division Elimination Round. The two teams won the Math Division and advanced to the Round Robin Finals. Teams 169A and 8059A finished third in the world.

Team 169X – Science Division (Maxim Kreider, Aditya Sardesai, Bennett Twitmyer, Brandon Windle) ranked eighth in their division after completing the Qualification Round. Team 169X formed an alliance with the top ranked team, Team 1008M (Minimal Margins) from South Dakota, for the Science Division Elimination Round. The two teams won their quarterfinals match, but lost in the division semifinals.

Team 169Y – Technology Division (Daniel Chow, Jared Hoefner, Toby Ma, Safa Obuz) ranked 15 in their division after completing the Qualification Round. Team 169Y partnered with the 16th ranked team, Team 2131Z (AppleBeefEggRoll) from Utah, for the Technology Division Elimination Round. The two teams won their quarterfinals and semifinals matches, but lost in the division finals.

Team 169Z – Research Division (Adamya Aggarwal, Josiah Somani, Ethan Saddler, Joshua Ricefield) ranked sixth in their division after completing the Qualification Round. Team 169Z partnered with the eighth ranked team, Team 1010N (TenTon Robotics) from Canada, for the Research Division Elimination Round. The two teams won their quarterfinals match, but lost in the division semifinals match.

 “This year the team was more prepared than ever. Our robots were as advanced as they have been, and mentally we were focused on our goal,” said Dr. Holly Golecki, Director of Robotics and Upper School engineering teacher. “This was due to the countless hours of dedication the boys and the coaches showed this year.”
 
Haverford’s robotics program features students from both the Middle School and the Upper School. The program competes as Team 169 at tournaments. Throughout the year, the students learn about science, technology, engineering, math, and design. Soft skills such as teamwork, perseverance, and creativity are also developed.

Each year, the VEX Robotics Competition poses an engineering challenge in the form of a game. The students must build a robot that scores the most points possible in the game. The teams face off in qualification matches, elimination matches, and skills challenges at the worldwide competition. Last year, Team 169E (Intel Chen, Alexander Greer, Jared Hoefner, Maxim Kreider, and Bennett Twitmyer) and Team 8059X from Singapore, placed fourth in the world.