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Ogallala High School Students Compete in Robotics Competition

Ogallala High School Students Compete in Robotics Competition

Four Ogallala High School students recently competed in two VEX robotics competitions at Ravenna High School on January 23rd, and in Kearney on January 30th. Ogallala was the only western Nebraska team at the tournament, and Ogallala was competing against schools that had been at numerous tournaments this year. These were Ogallala’s first events this year.

Every year VEX develops a challenging playing field with various obstacles that students must design a robot for. This year, the 12’ x 12’ field contained balls that the robots had to get into raised nets, or below a low hanging bar. Teams of two robots were randomly paired up, and each team had 45 seconds to score as many points as possible against another team of two robots working at the same time.

The Ogallala team consisted of Samuel Tschetter, Adam Wach, Colter Robinette, and Alex Lind. VEX is currently an extracurricular activity and the students spent a lot of time after school building and programming their robot.

At Ravenna, the team won lost their first match in round robin 15-45, won their second match in a close 39-38, won their third match 113-79, lost the fourth match 80-22, and lost their fifth match 103-58. This placed them 23rd out of 35 teams. The group was chosen for an alliance in the tournament, and lost in a first round tie breaker match after winning one and losing one. This gave them an overall 5th place in the tournament. The team made adjustments all day, and they were pleased with the results and the final performance of their robot.

At the Kearney tournament, the team lost their first match 273-56, lost their second match 61-26, won their third match 97-33, won the fourth 97-29, lost their fifth 93-81, and won their last match 94-39. This placed them 15th out of 34 teams. The team was chosen for an alliance, and lost in the first round.

Sponsor Jennifer Jones says, “VEX is a great competition for kids because it really challenges their problem solving. It is a tremendous engineering feat as students have to use science, math, and computer programming skills to build their robot. Our team did a great job, and it is unfortunate that there are not more competitions that are closer so our kids could make changes and compete a few more times. It would be neat to get a robotics class sometime in the future that could increase interest in the competitions as well as challenge kids in STEM areas.” 



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