Robotics team wins state championship


HW Robotics Team’s robot, 1148, makes an appearance at the final 1st and 3rd Wednesday Assembly to encourage students to join the robotics team.

Claire Keller

Robotics Team 62, the Kanagasabapathys, competed in VEX California State Championships in Pasadena March 11-12 and emerged as state champions, qualifying for VEX World Championships in Louisville, Ky., where they made it to quarter finals.

The team also won the Think award, given to a team with multiple exceptional autonomous programs.

In a separate competition, Team 62 finished 27th place in the world for Robot Skills out of 3,800 teams, also qualifying them for VEX World Championships. This competition specifically tested the offensive strength of a robot based on its performance in isolation from other competing robots.

“The team’s hard work really shone at the [State Championships] tournament and everyone did an exceptional job,” Jonathan Damico ‘18 said.

Team 62 brought 13 students and one robot to VEX World Championships to compete alongside 1,000 teams participating. Five hundred of the teams, including Team 62, were part of the High School Competition, which was the largest of the four competing divisions. The team made it to quarterfinals before suffering a disappointing loss.

“We will be making more teams at the school to allow more students to access robotics. We would like to expand the program to allow more students to compete and build. The competition for next year has already been given to us, and we are eager to start building,” Damico said.