Students unleash their robots

On Dec. 15, 24 out of 60 students enrolled in the Technology Engineering and Design course at Jay M. Robinson High School in Concord put forward their Vex Robots to compete against one another in a game called "Swept Away."

To qualify for Thursday's final event, a two-person team needed to finish in the top four in its class. Teacher Dave Parisi organized a double-elimination tournament with all three classes to establish the final 12 teams.

At the conclusion of the 12-team, single-elimination finals event, Team Anonymous - Brandon Rector and Edwin Porter - were crowned champions of the school's first "Battle of the Bots."

The following teams qualified:

First block:

First place: Connor Booth and Brandon Hall.

Second place: Denis Belya and Tyler Benge.

Third place: Samuel Beer and Andrew Allen.

Fourth place: Kenneth Russell and Chase Schelthoff.

Second block:

First: Chandler Church and Madison Hastings.

Second: Nathaniel Holmes and Karlotta Maxwell.

Third: Justin Carroll and Gordon Lennox.

Fourth: Taylor Coffey and Dylan Teague.

Third block:

First: Edwin Porter and Brandon Rector.

Second: Berkeley Thornton and Nathaniel Todd.

Third: Riley Halverson and Brandon Furr.

Fourth: Harrison Marchese and Dakota Neal.

How it works

In the technology class, each team works within a cooperative learning environment to progress through the Robotics Engineering Curriculum, constructs their robots, makes design modifications, solves problems, tests their results and repeats the process over and over again.

The Vex Robotics Design System is proving to be one of the more innovative solutions at increasing student interest in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Vex Education provides engaging and fun student experiences that enable them to reach their full potential while they develop the knowledge and skills vital to success in the 21st century, Parisi said. Given today's global challenges compared to the rest of recorded history, there has never been an age with a greater need for new scientists, engineers and problem-solving leaders, he said.

Parisi is exploring the possibility of starting a competitive Vex Robotics Club, in which participants would design and engineer a competitive machine to compete throughout North Carolina and perhaps at the national and international levels.

For more information visit Parisi's class website, visit Vex Robotics,