QUEENSBURY — Over 40 teams from across three states duked it out at a VEX Robotics competition at Queensbury High School on Saturday.
New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts were all represented at the competition, and a Lake George team, paired with a team from Guilderland High School, took the top spot on the day with Granville and another Guilderland team taking runners-up.
Each team earns points by flipping discs over to their color, turning flags and parking their robot on top of a platform in the middle of the field, according to Victoria Ines, a competitor from Shenendehowa High School.
There is a fully automated round in which a pre-made program runs the machine for 15 seconds, as well as a longer round in which one person from each team operates the robot with a remote.
Matt Smith, a mentor and coach for the Shenendehowa team, said he was proud of his team, who are all rookies this year.
“It’s only their third event,” Smith said, “But I think they’re doing really well.”
Benjamin Grieco, Queensbury’s robotics team coach and one of the organizers of the event, said turnout for the fourth annual competition was great and has grown every year.
“The first time we did it, we only had 16 teams,” Grieco said.
He attributed the some of the success to other organizers, particularly the student representative, Bella Choppa.
“It takes over 20 volunteers to make this event happen,” Grieco said. “She was in charge of getting volunteers for the event and organizing most of the competition.”
Grieco said it was also a first for Queensbury middle school, who fielded a team for the first time ever at the event and was one of only two middle schools competing.
The event serves as a qualifier for the New York state championship, which takes place in Syracuse in March.