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    Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

    On Saturday members of our robotics program competed in the VEX robotics Toronto VRC Qualifying event held at Woburn CI in Scarborough. Three teams comprised of 13 students, Mr. Nickel and myself hit the highway at 6:00 am for a long and intense day of competition. 74 teams from across Ontario competed in 111 qualification matches. At the end of the qualification matches our team 26937A (Ben McLean, Christian Vattovaz, Mitchell Davies and Jakob DeGazio) finished with a record of 6-0 good for a 3rd place ranking. Our team 26937B (Leo Wang, Ethan Seaver, Bayan Zabihiyan and Ben Jackson) finished with a record of 4-2 good for an 20th place ranking. Our team 26937C (Jack Willms, Nicholas Vogin, Mackenzie Holmes, Spencer Glass and Joshua Paquette) finished with a record of 1-5 and a 61st ranking.

    Team A during the elimination round alliance selection process selected the 4th ranked DiscoBots from Brampton and also selected our very own B team as their 3rd alliance partner. In their quarter final match as the #2 ranked alliance they dominated their opponent and won the best of 3 match 2-0 with scores of 53-2 and 34-21. In the semi finals they had their hands full and lost their first match 46-14 but then battled back to tie the match 1-1 with a 49-12 victory. Unfortunately the final match ended in a 32-15 loss due to a damaged robot.

    It was a great day and a great accomplishment for our first competition of the season. The students' efforts were rewarded as both teams (A and B) qualified for the VEX Ontario Provincial Championships which will be held in St.Catharines on February 25, 2017. They will now have a chance to qualify for the World Championships in Kentucky.

    Our Team A (Ben, Christian, Mitchell and Jakob) were also awarded the Design Award which is awarded to the team with the most effective and efficient robot design process. This is an incredible accomplishment considering they were up against 74 teams at this tournament. Their hard work and dedication inside and outside the classroom led to this amazing accomplishment.

    Our next tournament is the iDesign Solutions VRC VEX competition in Brampton on Saturday, December 3rd. Two new teams from our grade 11 and 12 classes will put their robots to the test



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