FULTON – G. Ray Bodley High School robotics competitors have fared well in recent technology and engineering battles.
In the Northern New York State High School VEX Championship, GRB’s Team 6911A finished the technology qualification rounds in fifth place, with five wins and two losses.
Fierce competition among the 67 other teams also brought GRB’s Team 6911B a seventh-place finish in the engineering qualification rounds, with six wins and one loss.
Team 6911C took home ninth place with five wins and two losses.
Advisor Mike Thurlow said that in the finals, Team 6911A showed its skill level in a tough battle, as it was paired with the Brewerton Boy Scouts and a team from Elmira, but lost by just one point.
While only one point prevented the GRB team from advancing to the World’s Competition next month in Louisville, Kentucky, Thurlow said the students’ sportsmanship and enthusiasm rose above the rest.
Meanwhile, Team 6911B, paired with Tioga Central and Cuba-Rushford High School, and Team 6911C, paired with Bethlehem Central School District and Chenango Forks Central School District made it all the way to the semifinals.
Overall, Fulton’s three teams were very dominant and performed well.
Team 6911A (Twisted Axle) won the Create Award for developing a robot with a creative engineering solution.
The team also took third place, with a score of 104, in the robot skills (drive and autonomous) competition, while 6911C received fourth place, with a score of 76.