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FA hosts VEX IQ Robotics Tournament

FA hosts VEX IQ Robotics Tournament

FA enters five teams; one robot advances to state qualifiers.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Friends Academy hosted the first VEX IQ Robotics regional tournament of the year. Thirty teams from 10 schools and organizations participated in the qualifier, including five FA teams and their accompanying robots.

Team 1876X was in the lead following the qualifying matches, but fell short by one point in the final alliance round. Ultimately, however, Team 1876X won the Design Award and consequently qualified for the Southern NY State Championships in February. They excited the crowd early in the competition by being the first to accomplish a "high hang" with their robot. This is a move that involves lifting the entire robot multiple inches off the floor. Points are awarded depending upon the distance from the floor.

Teamwork and overcoming obstacles is built into the VEX Competition – sometimes unexpectedly. When Team 1876A's robot broke during the team's first competition, the team members pulled together, quickly rebuilding and entering a stronger robot. This same team was one of six teams (out of 30), who also advanced to the final Engineering Notebook and Robot Design Interviews.

FA parent volunteers worked throughout the tournament in a number of areas, including check-in, competition table reset and concession supervision.

The tournament's concession stand was student-run and staffed by the Middle School Steering Committee, who grossed over $1,000 for the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica, a sister school of Friends Academy.

The next regional tournament will be held at East Rockaway on Dec. 8th.