Northeast robotics team opens competitive season

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by jamesc  10/19/2017 3:52:56 PM -- 

WAYNE – The Northeast Community College robotics team opened the competitive season this week.

Northeast’s “geek” team members Calvin Craig, Norfolk, and Abdirahman Jama, South Sioux City, finished first in the Vex U Division in the 11th Annual Northeast-Wayne State Robotics Competition Series this week in Wayne. “KyleEd” team members, Kyle Lentz, Hartington, and Eduardo Guzman, Schuyler, placed second.

“The competition consisted of three rounds - qualification, semi-finals, and finals,” said Richard Chrisman, information technology instructor and team coach at Northeast. “In the qualification round, each team competed in five matches with the cumulative win-loss record used to seed teams for the elimination round. In each match, teams use two robots of their own design to attempt to score points by performing prescribed tasks.”

Seven high school teams from Battle Creek, O’Neill, Pierce, and South Sioux City competed in the high school division, along with three teams from Northeast Community College in the Vex U Division.

The “Bailey” team from Battle Creek (Bailey McLean, Dylan Anderson, Levi Finkral, Ben Praeuner, and Vaughn Finkral), took first place honors in the high school division. The “Covfefe” team from O’Neill finished second with the “Andrew” team from Battle Creek placed third.

Northeast Community College and Wayne State College will host a VEX “In the Zone” competition on Friday, December 1, in the lower level of the Student Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. The competition begins at 10 a.m., and is open to the public.




PHOTO IDs: Kyle Lentz and Eduardo Guzman.

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