PWCS Robotics students compete at World Championships
Posted on 05/08/2018
Triangle Robotics Students Compete at World Championship

PWCS Robotics programs continue to dominate locally and world-wide. The 2017-2018 season was marked with success stories from elementary to high school in FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), VEX, VEX IQ and SEAPerch platforms.

Elementary School Highlights

VEX IQ Robotics
Triangle Robotics at World ChampionshipTriangle Elementary showed their Tiger robotics prowess this season winning Teamwork champions, Design Award and the Excellence Award at the VEX IQ Virginia State Championship. Their wins at state qualified them for the World VEX IQ Championship in Louisville, Kentucky where they competed against more than 400 teams from around the world. Triangle Robotics brought home the Innovate Award.

Teams from Glenkirk Elementary and Ashland Elementary also competed at the VEX IQ World Championship this year.

Teams competing in FIRST LEGO League State Tournament
Our youngest students also demonstrated their robotics aptitude in 
FIRST LEGO League, with teams from Alvey, Henderson, Marshall, Old Bridge (three teams) and Penn Elementary Schools qualifying for the FLL State Championship event at James Madison University this past winter.

Middle School Highlights

VEX Robotics
Mary J. Porter Traditional School's PROBOTS capped-off a fantastic season with the tournament
Porter VEX Robotics Team at World Championship
win, the Excellence Award and Robot Skills award at the VEX Virginia State Champions
hip. These wins earned the team a bid to the 2018 VEX World Championship where, battling hard, the PROBOTS earned 3rd place honors for top Robot Skills - Middle School Division, and to
ok home the Think Award for their impressive autonomous programming. 

Benton Middle (State Tournament Finalists), Gainesville Middle (State Tournament Finalists) and Lake Ridge Middle (State Tournament Champions) also had successful VEX seasons. All three schools represented PWCS at the World Championships.
VEX teams from Bull Run and Parkside Middle Schools had strong tournament wins this season and represented PWCS at the CREATE U.S. Open, a national VEX Robotics Championship.

High School Highlights
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
Battlefield High School ILITE 1885 Robotics continued its run of stellar seasons in FIRST Robotics. The team dominated at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship as part of the winning alliance and won the District Chairman's Award for the third year in a row. The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST and honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate. ILITE 1885 completed their season at the 2018 World Championship in Detroit, Michigan with an impressive showing.

ILITE 1885 is coached by Professor Gail Drake, who was honored this year with the respected FIRST Robotics Woodie Flowers Award. Nominated by students, the Woodie Flowers Award recognizes an individual who leads, inspires and empowers using excellent communication skills.

 Battlefield ILITE1885  Gail Drake with Woodie Flowers

Continuing with FIRST success stories, Jack Palmer, a junior and member of the Metal Jackets FRC team at Osbourn Park High School, achieved Dean's List Finalist status this season. Students who earn FIRST Dean’s List Award status are great examples of student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission. Jack competed against some of the finest robotics student-leaders at the World Tournament.

Team SuperNOVA, made up of FIRST Robotics students from Colgan, Forest Park and Woodbridge High Schools, won the 2018 Central Maryland District regional tournament and also took part in the World Championships.

VEX Robotics

Woodbridge High School VEX Robotics TeamAt the Virginia State VEX Robotics Tournament in Doswell this past February, Team 1575X from Woodbridge High School masterfully battled its way to Tournament Champ. Osbourn Park High School Metal Jackets Team 2068A won the Innovate Award.
Woodbridge High’s Team 1575X and Team 6603V from Patriot High School competed in the World Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky this past April.

SeaPerch Robotics
Even underwater, our robotics students impress. At the 2018 SeaPerch Regional Competition, five teams from Patriot High School and one team Forest Park High School showed off their skillful maneuvering of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in underwater challenges and earned berths to the International SeaPerch Challenge in Massachusetts this June. Two teams from Stonewall Jackson High School and one team from Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School will be a part of the PWCS contingency at the International Championships.

Congratulations to our Robotics teams for their impressive showings all season long. You make us #PWCSProud.