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Feb 122014
 

Is programming or engineering in your future? Then think robotics today.
That is what seven Holbrook High School students have been doing recently. With a grant from the Microchip Corporation and the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, and support from Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects at the Holbrook Unified School District, these students recently competed in Vex Robotics competitions around the state. The team competed at the East Valley Vex Qualifying Tournament in Apache Junction against 14 teams, the Salt River Qualifying Tournament in Scottsdale against 24 teams, and will compete at the Central Valley Qualifying tournament in Fountain Hills against 50 teams.
The 18”x18” Vex robot with an extension of about two feet vertical that grabs and picks up bucky balls is built through student design and programmed using RobotC, a straight code programming environment to meet this year’s Vex challenge of Toss Up. The team consists of Joseph Holl, Nehemiah Manygoats, Bryant Martin, Austin McPherson, Ryan Nolden, James Sumpter and Jordan Autobee. As a result of team work, good programming, and Sumpter’s driving skills, the team received an invitation to the state Vex competition on March 1, and an opportunity to qualify for national and world competitions.
As a mostly junior level team, they are already thinking about next year. It is a junior/senior level program at HHS with some NPC dual credit available.
The sophomore level robots are the Lego Mindstorm robots programmed using NXT software.
The HHS robotics program and team are led by CTE teacher Ginny Novell.

Photo courtesy of Holbrook High School The Holbrook High School robotics team includes (front row, left to right) James Sumpter, Ryan Nolden, (back row) Joseph Holl, Jordan Autobee, Austin McPherson, Bryant Martin and Nehemiah Manygoats.

Photo courtesy of Holbrook High School
The Holbrook High School robotics team includes (front row, left to right) James Sumpter, Ryan Nolden, (back row) Joseph Holl, Jordan Autobee, Austin McPherson, Bryant Martin and Nehemiah Manygoats.

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