Montini Catholic's Robotics Team is advancing to the VEX Robotics State Championship Tournament. "We just learned yesterday afternoon that based on the points our team scored in the Robotics Skills Challenge at Saturday’s VEX Robotics Tournament, Team 82997A (aka Horsepower) qualified for the Illinois State Championship Tournament," said Technology Director, Pete Farina during an announcement to the student body on Tuesday, February 4th.
The state tournament will be held March 14th and 15th at Illinois State University. Fifty-six teams from across the state will battle it out to see which teams can advance to the World Championship Tournament that includes teams from over 30 countries.
Montini's Team 82997A (Horsepower) qualifying for state includes students Matt Hejny, Max Kramer, Jack Grahn, Billy Cyze, Sarah Zimmerman, Myles Marciniak, Jack Hemmersmeier, Luke Marciniak, Alex Reading, Jamey Yao, Saxon Sun, and Devin Chiaramonti.
The VEX competition pushing the Broncos into the state contender category took place on Saturday, February 1st at Northeastern Illinois University. This was the Broncos first-ever VEX Robotics Tournament. "Our two Bronco Robotics teams did an outstanding job handling the challenges, the pressure, and the ten hour grind of this type of competition," said Farina. The event featured 32 teams competing in 47 rounds of qualifying matches, the Robotics Skills Challenge, alliance selection, and the final elimination bracket. "Our Bronco Robotics Team 82997A, with a driver team of Matt Hejny, Max Kramer, and Jack Grahn had a total of 6 wins and 3 losses and they finished in a fantastic 4th place overall in the final bracket!"
Montini's 82997A Team also came in 4th place in the Robotics Skills Challenge. Montini's second team - Team 82997B, with a driver team of Thomas Cyze, Ayaan Dhir, and Daniel Cyze had 5 wins and 3 losses which earned them 14th place. "Both of our teams had matches where they scored 42 points, tying for the third-highest point total of any match in the tournament," added Farina. "These results would be great for any team but for our very first VEX tournament, these results were truly phenomenal!"
In the VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communication, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April. The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally.
Farina and his Bronco Robotics teams are back in action on Sunday, February 9th at the VEX Tournament at Batavia High School. All are hoping that Montini's second team (82997B) will join the list of state contenders at this competition.
Photo above: Montini Catholic's 82997A (Horsepower) Team - Front l to r: Luke Marciniak (Downers Grove), Maxwell Kramer (Woodridge), Matt Hejny (Bolingbrook) and Jack Grahn (Westchester); Back row: Myles Marciniak (Downers Grove), Mr. Pete Farina, Jack Hemmersmeier (Elmhurst), Billy Cyze (Willowbrook), Sarah Zimmerman (Berkeley), Alex Reading (Hillside) and Devin Chiaramonti (Lombard)
Team members not pictured: Jamey Yao, Saxon Sun