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Pembroke Academy robotics teams win regional championships

Pembroke Acadaemy's Brandon French waits to activate the autonomous of Robot 134D - Double X at a recent competition.

Pembroke Acadaemy's Brandon French waits to activate the autonomous of Robot 134D - Double X at a recent competition.

Robotics teams from Pembroke Academy took home armfuls of awards at the University of Rhode Island Vex regional competition this weekend. Out of eight teams, six qualified for further competition against students from across the country and around the globe.

Joshua Young, Devin St. Onge, and Alicia Crichlow qualified for the World Vex Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in April after receiving the Programming Skills Winner award, the Tournament Finalists award and the Excellence Award. They also qualified for the New England Super Regionals and the US Championship in Nebraska in March.

Crichlow, a junior from Allenstown, said the feeling of winning was “outstanding.”

“It’s something we have been aiming to get since we started, trying to do whatever we can to make sure we get there, and now it’s that feeling of finally accomplishing your goal.”

Five other Pembroke Academy teams also won awards at the regional competition.

This is the first year the school has dedicated its robotics team to the Vex competition, which allows more students to work in a hands-on way with their own robot, said adviser David Kelly.

“It gives them a lot more ownership than if there are 20 kids and just one big robot. In the smaller teams, they design it, they build it, they program it, they drive it and they develop the strategy,” he said.

Two teams qualified for the New England Super Regionals and the US Championship by winning the Tournament Champions award: Jonah Bras, Alyssa Bras and Josiah Putnum; and Joe Landry and Jason White, who also received the Robot Skills Winner award.

Juergen Horn, Deven Nadeau and Brandon French received the Tournament Finalists award, and two teams (Dyllan Dupont and Tyler Catucci; and Owen Armbricht, Peter Caraway, Vincicent Pantaleo and Andrew Sullivan) received the Tournament Semifinalists award. All three teams qualify for the New England Super Regionals.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or
spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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