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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Berthoud High robots take top honors




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It takes a lot of volunteers to run a tournament. Photo by Karen Vasquez





The BHS Robotics club has, for the second year in a row, qualified for the World Championships. Sixty teams from the Thompson School District and around the state attended this year’s Thompson School District’s Robotics EXPO at Loveland High School on November 7. Twenty two teams competed for a chance to go to Orlando, Florida to the VEX World Championship event and thirty eight teams competed in a FIRST® LEGO League scrimmage. Sponsors are Rob Sommerfeld and Brad Von Seggern.

An award was given to the Thompson School District for the hundreds of hours of volunteer coaching and mentoring of robotics teams. Dr. Ron Cabrera, Superintendent of the Thompson School District received the award on behalf of the school district. “As part of the mission of the Thompson School District to empower to learn, challenge to achieve, and inspire to excel,” said Cabrera, “we view these activities as inspiring Colorado’s students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We gladly accept the Presidential Service Award for our school district volunteers, an award that adds to the pride we have in our parents, students and teachers as they contribute to our being a leader in STEM education.”

The BHS Robotics Club will need to raise money for their trip to Orlando. A Berthoud parent has offered to match donations for the Robotics Club, up to $1000. If you would like to donate to the “trip fund,” please remit to BHS Robotics, Berthoud High School, 800 Spartan Avenue, Berthoud, CO 80513

Press Release follows:

2010 Thompson Robotics EXPO a Great Success

Presidential Service Awards also Awarded during the EXPO

Loveland, CO (Action-Works) November 7, 2010 – Sixty teams from the Thompson School District and around the state attended this year’s Thompson School District’s Robotics EXPO last Saturday at Loveland High School. Twenty two teams competed for a chance to go to Orlando, FL to the VEX World Championship event and thirty eight teams competed in a FIRST® LEGO League scrimmage.

The crowd enjoyed the EXPO portion of the event as much as the competition. The exhibits included Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Banner Health simulation robotic mannequin, Underwater Robots from MATE, Robotic Dog from Road Narrows, Hydrobot computer simulator for an Antarctica underwater robot, firefighting competition robots from SHARC robotics club, BEST robotics competition, Career and Technical Training, LLC, and Loveland High’s FIRST® Robotics Challenge robot. The underwater robot exhibit was a big hit as the drivers were able to clean up a simulated oil spill of tennis and golf balls. Another favorite was the Banner Health’s simulation adult and baby robotic mannequins that reacted to different medical procedures performed on them.

During the opening ceremonies the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards from the past year were distributed to the people and organizations that contributed hundreds of volunteer hours to robotics programs in Northern Colorado. One award was given to the Thompson School District for the hundreds of hours of volunteer coaching and mentoring of robotics teams. Dr. Ron Cabrera, Superintendent of the Thompson School District received the award on behalf of the school district.

“As part of the mission of the Thompson School District to empower to learn, challenge to achieve, and inspire to excel,” said Cabrera, “we view these activities as inspiring Colorado’s students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math.  We gladly accept the Presidential Service Award for our school district volunteers, an award that adds to the pride we have in our parents, students and teachers as they contribute to our being a leader in STEM education.”

The VEX Worlds Qualifier had twenty one teams competing against each other in 2 against 2 robot alliances.  This competition is open to both middle school and high school students. The FIRST® LEGO League scrimmage is the largest of its kind in Colorado.  Thirty eight teams competed in an open format scrimmage for the chance to win trophies in Robot performance, Project presentation and Robot design.  These students were from elementary and middle schools.

“With 400 students and 60 robots competing all in one room, as well as demonstration robots from industry,” says Liz Rayment, Robotics coordinator for the Thompson School District, “it was a wall to wall and surface to bottom of the pool automation extravaganza.  Most of us went away quite satisfied that we were in charge of technology for the day.”


Results:



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Lego teams clean up an oil spill (tennis balls and golf balls) with Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), Photo by Liz Rayment




FIRST LEGO League Scrimmage

Robot Performance
1st place: TDC (Ivy Stockwell)
2nd place: Bennett Team 1 (Bennett IB World School)
3rd place: CWP Ninja Doctors (Cottonwood Plains Elementary); French Fried Bean Bees (Private team); TechnoMagi (Homeschool Team)

Dependable Design
Bennett Team 1 (Bennett IB World School)

Research Project
1st place: Concussions (Ivy Stockwell)
2nd place: Biotechnotics (Garfield Elementary)
3rd place: Clean Water – Grease Monkeys (Fort Collins Space Program)

Robot Design
1st place: Pi to the Awesomenessth Power (COVA)
2nd place: Bill Reed Battle Bots 3 (Bill Reed Middle School)
3rd place: Biotechnotics (Garfield Elementary)

Team Spirit
The Warriors (Bromwell Elementary)

 


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From Left to right, the three man Schattengeist Berthoud High School team (Tournament Champions), next are the Mario Warriors Berthoud Community Team (Judge's Award Winners) and on the far right The Mighty Spartans Berthoud High School team. Photo by Angie Hammel


 

VEX World Qualifications

Tournament Champions
Schattengeist (Berthoud High Robotics); The Fuse (Faith Christian Academy); The CV Missing Link (Castle View High School)

Excellence Award High School
The Fuse (Faith Christian Academy)

Excellence Award Middle School
RoboRattlers (Altona Middle School VEX Robotics Team)

Judge’s Award
Mario Warriors (Berthoud Community Team)

Robot Skills Challenge
The Fuse (Faith Christian Academy)

Programming Skills Challenge
Schattengeist (Berthoud High Robotics)

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