Freeport High School’s Ninth VEX Robotics Competition
Posted on 02/07/2024
Freeport High School’s Ninth VEX Robotics Competition

For the ninth year, Freeport High School hosted their VEX Robotics competition on Feb. 3. This year 30 robotics teams joined the tournament to go head-to-head competing in the VEX Robotics game Over Under.

Freeport Public Schools was proudly represented by nine teams at the competition with six from Freeport High School, two from J.W. Dodd Middle School and one from Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School.

“We are so excited to host another robotics competition at our high school and bring the teams together to share their passion for science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “Providing this opportunity for our students to meet and work with others who share their passion and interests is so important to helping them achieve their goals.”  

The robotics teams competed throughout the day in field challenges that required the robots to score points by completing skills tests that demonstrated the robot’s ability to execute intricate maneuvers and to compete in a 15-second autonomous challenge. In addition, each team was interviewed by judges from a variety of organizations, including Davis Aircraft Products Corp, DeVilbiss Healthcare, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Vaughn College. 

“Our team and the other teams from Freeport are having an incredibly exciting time participating in the robotics competition,” said junior David De La Llera. “While it is nerve-wracking to compete, it is also rewarding to see the hard work that we put into building our robots out on the field.” 

When the competition ended, the J.W. Dodd Robotics Team moved on to the quarterfinals. Two Freeport teams won additional awards. Freeport High School Team 1808B received the Judges Award, which is presented to a team deserving of special recognition at the tournament. The Caroline G. Atkinson School Robotics Team 5791A earned the Amaze Award presented to a team demonstrating quality interview skills, a passion for engineering and perseverance throughout the tournament. 

All teams who competed in the ninth VEX Robotics Competitions began working on the design of their robots in the fall. Teams then worked to build and program their robots according to the requirements of the competition.