An H.O. Brittingham Elementary robotics team bested 31 other teams in a regional competition March 2, earning the overall excellence award and a spot in the world championship.
Elementary school teams from Claymont to Selbyville took part in the Delmarva Regional Vex IQ Championship, known as Superbot Saturday, at Georgetown Elementary. Teams were tasked with designing and building a robot able to complete challenges on a 4-by-8-foot rectangular field in 60 seconds.
Students were judged on how well they used their battery-powered robots to stack colored hubs in building zones, remove hubs from a hanging structure, and park or hang robots on the hanging bar.
Six H.O.B. teams competed in the event, and all teams placed in the top 10 going into the final round. At the end of the day, Team 19968-E earned the top spot, and four other H.O.B. teams placed in the top 10. Team 19968-E also received the Robot Skills Championship Award.
Fifth-graders Madison Lubiniecki, Mason Trench and Brian Lloyd will represent H.O.B. at the Vex IQ World Championship April 28-30 in Louisville, Ky., among teams from all 50 U.S. states and at least 15 other countries.
Team Coach Mark Morey said the team worked hard to build the robot, create an engineering journal and prepare for interviews about their build process.
“The judges felt that out of 32 teams, they were the best overall,” Morey said. “Now they’re going to Kentucky to compete against 399 other teams from all over the world.”