Bot Champs Roll in With Fire Escort
Masuk Bot Club Takes Title: Southern New England Champions
Masuk’s Robotics Club brought home the “2018 Southern New England Robotics Champions” title Sunday night to the blare of sirens and a fire escort from Stevenson Lumber to Masuk High School. They rolled in about 6:30 p.m . from Massachusetts to the applause and happy screams of parents and fans.
Not only did they bring home the title, but two of their eight participating bot teams won slots in the Vex Robotics World Championships April 24 in Kentucky: 4478X Vexoskeleton and 4478V v.exe. In addition Bot 4478Y won the coveted Judges Award .
Under the coaching of Masuk’s William McDonough, who founded the club with a handful of students nearly six years ago, membership has mushroomed to 130 active, bot-building high school participants and each year Masuk has sent qualifying teams to the world event. He also oversees the mentoring of five bot teams at Jockey Hollow Middle School which is also producing high-level players.
Members of Masuk's bot team V.Exe , Southern New England Champions, on stage receiving their trophy.
Members of Team Vexskeleton (4478Z) shown getting ready to test run their bot at Masuk's December home competition, are Vex World Championship bound due to their high scores and finish at the SNEC as Tournament Finalists.
(Masuk Robics Team assistant coaches are Jim Quinn and Sean Deely. Adult volunteers included Brian Lemm, Moe deMayo, Katrina Welch, Eric Iken and Chris Moraveck.)
Team V.Exe (4478V) shown in the pit at a previous competition, is now preparing for the VEX World Championship.