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Last weekend, the Greenville Middle School VEX Robotics Team, the Gigabots, entered three robots in the CREATE U. S. Open Championship - VEX Middle School Division, while the GMS VEX IQ Team, 5148A, and the Sixth Grade Center VEX IQ Team, 3148C, entered the CREATE U. S. Open Robotics Championship – VEX IQ Division. Both championship tournaments were held in Council Bluffs, IA.
The GMS Gigabots 2148E, whose team members are Dallas Davies, Noah Stone, Faith Clayton, Nick Stromberg and Kegan Rios, finished the qualifications rounds in first place and were one of two teams to go undefeated. They were the number one alliance captain and finished the tournament in the semi-finals. They also finished in sixth place in both the Robot and Programming Skills Challenge.
Team 2148A, made up of Josh Allen, Austin Burns, Alex Portillo, Daniel Ugalde and Luis Ugalde, finished the qualification rounds in fifth place. They joined the number two alliance and were eliminated in the quarterfinals. They won the Robot Skills Challenge and finished the Programming Skills Challenge in fourth place.
The GMS VEX IQ team, the Protobots 5148A, finished the qualification rounds in 5th place. They were in the number three alliance and finished the tournament in 4th place. They finished tenth in the Robot Skills Challenge and twelfth in the Programming Skills Challenge. 5148A’s team members are Brandon Moore, Thomas Mattson and Jovani Rodriguez.
The Sixth Grade Center Cyborgs 3148C, whose team members are Emiliano Portillo, Aiden Schafft, Rance Robles, Andy Shields and Dawson Diggs, finished the qualification rounds in 23rd place. They were selected as the number eleven alliance and finished the tournament in twelfth place. They finished the Robot Skills Challenge in twelfth place and the Programming Skills Challenge in seventeenth place.
Gigabots Team 2148A and Protobots Team 5148A will next compete in the VEX World Championship in Louisville, KY, April 20 – 23th.
For additional information about the Greenville Middle School VEX and VEX IQ Robotics Program, email Johnny Tharp, Director of Robotics (Grades 1-8) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (903) 408-4432.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, Greenville Middle School entered four robots in the North Texas – Nothing But Net (Middle/High School) Tournament at L. V. Berkner High School in Richardson. Team 2148A was named tournament champion, however, all four robots entered in the tournament received a judged technical award, a first for the GMS Robotics program.
The GMS Gigabots Team 2148A, made up of Josh Allen, Austin Burns, Alex Portillo, Daniel Ugalde and Luis Ugalde, finished first in the qualification rounds and selected Team 400, the Omni Eagles, and Team 7504, Austin Academy for Excellence, to form the number one alliance. They went undefeated and dominated the elimination rounds to become the 2016 Tournament Champions. 2148A only lost 1 match during tournament play. This was 2148A’s fifth tournament win this season. They also received the “Build Award”, which is given to a team that has built a well-crafted and constructed robot that also shows a clear dedication to safety and attention to detail.
Team 2148D, whose members are Jayce Dickeson, Corbin Hudgins, Corbin Row, Dulce Romero and Francisca Gutierrez, finished the qualification rounds in thirteenth place but were eliminated in the quarter finals. 2148D also earned the “Energy Award”, which is given to a team that demonstrates boundless passion and energy throughout the competition – in the pit area, on the field, in the audience, when their robot is playing and when it is not.
Team 2148B, whose team members are Ben Butcher, Jacob Linden, Sam Martin, Matthew McFarland and Landon Fry Rowland, finished the qualification rounds in ninth place but were eliminated in the quarterfinals. They won the “Amaze Award”, given to a team that has built a competition robot that clearly demonstrates overall quality.
Team 2148H, whose team members are Elijah Wofford, Clay Gibson, Jonathan Hernandez, Caleb Johnson and Sistanas Stretch, finished the qualification rounds in sixth place but were eliminated in the quarterfinals. They received the “Innovate Award”, which is given to a team that has demonstrated a strong combination of ingenuity and innovation in designing their VEX robot.
As a Tournament Champion, Team 2148A has qualified for the North Texas VEX Nothing But Net Middle School Regional Championship in Greenville on February 27, 2016 and the CREATE U. S. Open Robotics Championship – VEX Middle School Division in Council Bluffs, Iowa beginning April 7, 2016.
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Three squads of young local robot builders were honored this week.
Mayor David Dreiling, left, and the Greenville City Council took time during Tuesday's meeting to recognize the Greenville Middle School Gigabots Vex Robotics Team 2148 A, E, and D as National Champions at the CREATE U.S. Open National Robotics Championship in Iowa. It was only the second time that a middle school alliance all from the same school has won the National Championship.
Gigabots win national championship
By Joseph Hamrick Herald-Banner Staff
Earlier in the year, District Robotics Facilitator and Instructor Johnny Tharp said this was a special year for Greenville Middle School robotics.
Those words rang true when three teams that make up the Gigabots Team 2148, teams A, D, and E, became the Tournament and National Champions in the CREATE U.S. Open National Robotics Championship on April 7 through 9 in Council Bluffs, IA.
Greenville Independent School District Superintendent Don Jefferies said the professionalism showed by the teams was impressive. “I was very impressed with the skill and composure of our middle school students,” he said. “They showed grace under fire and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship. The coaches and parents were very supportive.”
GMS Robotics Coach Orion Casper said it was a privilege to watch his students perform at the highest level of national play. “It’s awesome,” he said. “For me it didn’t set in at first, but it’s an amazing accomplishment for our students.”
Casper said the victory came through hours of practice and building the robots to their peak performance. “The students probably put in 2,000 to 3,000 man hours of practice and building time,” he said.
The hard work and dedication from not only the students, but also the mentors, proved to be invaluable to the teams. “We do everything we can to prepare them before the tournament, but after that, it’s all them,” he said. “We have a wonderful group of mentors who have helped. We could not do what we do without the mentors”
According to Tharp, the teams have done so well because a focus on robotics at an early age at Greenville ISD has piqued many students interest in the program. “By the time they’re in eight grade, they’ll have four years of experience,” he said. “That helps tremendously.”
For Corbin Hudgins, main programmer, driver and builder, the tournament was great experience for him as he prepares to enter high school. “Coming up with our ideas and working together and going against other people and helping them out was fun,” he said. “I also liked meeting people there.”
Watching what he worked on since the beginning of the year pay off was a reward in itself for builder and assistant programmer Kian Smith “It was fantastic seeing all the things you’ve done since the beginning of school,” he said, he said, adding “the part where we won,” was his favorite time during the championship.
Being able to analyze the other teams, finding their strengths, weaknesses, and how best to work with or against them was one thing Noah Stone, primary scout and a programmer for the team, said he learned. “It was very exciting and fast-paced. There was always something to do,” he said.
Tessa Mitchell, programmer for the team, said the event was like no other. “Getting to watch the finals and the anticipation and intensity of it was fun,” she said. “It was fun getting to learn new things about programming and how all that stuff works.”
Team 2148 A is currently competing in the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Ky.
The VEX robotics system was invented by Innovation First International.
The Gigabots will be in the Opportunity Division at VEX Worlds this place 2148A against 75 other teams from around the World. Watch the Gigabots live at VEX Worlds here.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA--Four Greenville Middle School VEX Robotics Teams traveled to Council Bluffs, IA this week to compete in the CREATE U. S. Open Robotics Championship-Middle School Division. There, they competed against 65 teams from across the United States and Hong Kong.
GMS Gigabots Coach, Orion Casper, said "Throughout the season the students that make up the Gigabots Team 2148 have proven their abilities through their successes. They have truly become a team by working together to become the US National Champions. I am so proud of everything they have done."
Greenville Middle School formed the number one alliance to withstand the challenge and lost only one match in the elimination rounds to become Tournament and National Champions.
This alliance consisted of the following teams:
Team 2148A, whose team members are Jordan Frimpter, Tessa Mitchell, Yeonsoo Jung, Austin Burns, and Trenton Burns.
Team 2148E, whose team members are Cheyene Sailing, Heaven Phillips, Kian Smith, Nick Stromberg, and Dallas Davies.
Team 2148D, whose team members are Faith Clayton, Corbin Hudgins, Noah Stone, Brady Diggs, and Landon Koger.
Team 2148A also won the Middle School Excellence Award, which is the highest award presented in a VEX Robotics Competition. The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a well-rounded VEX Robotics Program. They are also the Robot Skills champion.
Coach Casper said, "It feels amazing to see my students' hard work pay off with a National Championship. This is truly an awesome accomplishment, and they represented both Greenville ISD and Greenville well.”
Team 2148C, whose members are Ethan McGee, Pierce Thurmond, Brett Ozarowski, and Javier Littlefield, finished the Qualification Rounds in second place. They formed the number two alliance with Team 8900 from Sherman Oaks, CA and Team 718D from Manassas, VA. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
The GMS Gigabots are led by Head Coach Orion Casper and Assistant Coach Nicole Masters. GISD Robotics Facilitator and Instructor (Grades 1-8), Johnny Tharp, said, "I am so proud of all the Gigabot students and coaches. The results they all achieved at the U. S. Open is a testament to their hard-work and dedication. Good Job."
Team 2148A competes next week in the 2015 Vex Robotics World Championship in Louisville, KY.
For additional information about the GMS Robotics Program and Pre-STEM education contact Johnny Tharp at email@example.com or call (903) 408-4432.
Greenville Middle School and Greenville Sixth Grade Center will be competing in the two most elite Robotics competitions in early and mid-April. GMS will be sending four teams to compete in the CREATE U.S. Open National Robotics Championship on April 7th-9th in Council Bluffs, IA. In addition, GMS will send one team to the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship, on April 15th in Louisville, KY. In addition, three teams from the Greenville Sixth Grade Center will compete in the 2015 VEX IQ Challenge World Championship.
Teams qualify for the U.S. Open based on awards they have won at competitions throughout the year. Qualification criteria state that a team must be an official registered team and must attend a local qualifying tournament. Eligible teams must also have won either the Excellence Award or been named as a Tournament Champion for the qualification tournament. Teams that have qualified for the U.S. Open are:
Team 2148A – Team members are Jordan Frimpter, Trenton Burns, Tessa Mitchell, Austin Burns and Yeonsoo Jung.
Team 2148C – Team members are Pierce Thurmond, Javier Littlefield, Ethan McGee and Brett Ozarowski.
Team 2148D – Team members are Noah Stone, Faith Clayton, Corbin Hudgeons, Landon Koger and Brady Diggs.
Team 3148E – Team members are Dallas Davies, Nick Stromberg, Kian Smith, Heaven Phillips and Cheyenne Saling.
“The four teams headed to Nationals have had an amazing season. The students and the mentors that have helped with these teams have gone above and beyond to field the best robots possible. My hopes are high for an excellent showing at the tournament” said GMS Gigabots Coach, Orion Casper.
Combined, these four teams have won a total of 26 awards this year. Team 2148A has won 4 Excellence Awards and 4 Tournament Championships, including the State Championship. They also set a World Record this year for most points scored within a match at the North Texas Tournament of Champions. Team 2148C has won 2 Tournament Championships, including the State Championship. Team 2148D has won 1 Tournament Championship and Team 2148E has won 2 Tournament Championships. Each team has exceeded the qualification criteria.
Qualification for the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship can only be attained through qualifying for the state tournament, and then, by awards won at the state tournament. In the Middle School Division, to qualify for the state tournament, a team must win either the Excellence Award or Design Award or been named Tournament Champion at a local tournament. At the state level, a team must either win the Excellence Award or the Design Award. Team 2148A is the only GMS team to qualify for the World Championship this year. Team members include Jordan Frimpter, Trenton Burns, Tessa Mitchell, Austin Burns and Yeonsoo Jung. This team not only were the State Tournament Champions, but also received the Excellence Award, Programming Skills Award and Robot Skills Award at the state tournament. “Team 2148A has had a truly remarkable season. I look forward to seeing what they can do against the best teams from around the world,” said Casper.
The Greenville Sixth Grade Center had three teams qualify for the 2015 VEX IQ Challenge Robotics World Championship. The qualifying teams are:
Team 3148A-Team members attending are Thomas Mattson and José Adame
Team 3148B -Team members are Jaycee Dickson, Joshua Luna, Jovani Rodriguez, Aranth Ramirez and KD Anderson
Team 3148S -Team members are Jonathan Hernandez, Samuel Martin, Jacob Linden, Corbin Row and Elijah Wofford
Qualification for the World Championship can only be attained by first qualifying for the state tournament, and then, by awards won at the state tournament. For the Elementary Division, a team must either win the Excellence Award or be named Teamwork Champion at a qualifying local tournament to enter the state competition. At the state level, a team must either win the Elementary Excellence Award or Teamwork Champion to qualify for the World Championship.
Team 3148A has won 2 Teamwork Championships this year, including the State Championship. Team 3148B was invited to the World Championship based on their performance at the state competition. While Team 3148S qualified based upon their overall Robot Skills ranking in the State of Texas. “This was a truly a great year for all the Vex IQ teams at the Sixth Grade Center,” said Cyborgs coach, James Hardaway. “We enjoyed a lot success throughout the year, especially the three teams that are going to world. They have truly worked hard all year for this great opportunity.”
Johnny Tharp, District Robotics Facilitator & Instructor for Grades 1-8, said “To see the elementary robotics program evolve from its creation four years ago to now is amazing. This year, we have 4 robots competing in both the U. S. Open Championship and the VEX World Championship which is an achievement that no other school district in our state has accomplished. This is a testament to the hard work of our students and coaches. To see what they accomplish in the U. S. Open and VEX World Championship this year and for the years to come is exciting.”
The original article was posted on Louisville.com on 24 Mar 2015 - 2:29pm.
By Gage Troutman
In the past decade technology has skyrocketed past our greatest expectations, continuing to surprise on a daily basis. There is always a new creation or invention flooding social media feeds, changing the world, making life easier, or simply more interesting. We've all seen the homemade science projects or robotic trials on Youtube and certainly find ourselves enjoying the latest and greatest technology available so it should come as no surprise that a robotics championship is scheduled to bring almost 15,000 people to Louisville.
The VEX Robotics Championship brings middle and high school students from around the world together to showcase their amazing robotic creations in hopes of keeping the love of science and engineering alive among younger generations. The event was held in California for the past three years, but with the amount of students now interested in the event, a larger setting was needed to house the 800 finalist teams who will be coming to Louisville from over 30 different countries, each with their own innovative robotic creation that they will use to compete in a multitude of challenges and trials. The Championship is scheduled April 15th- April 18th.
All events scheduled during the championship can be located in their online program where you can also find a message our very own Mayor, Mr. Greg Fischer, welcoming the young students and their creations to our wonderful city and encouraging them to visit local establishments during any free time they may have before or after the competitions. The program also states that students will be visiting Kentucky Kingdom as part of an "after-party" or celebration of these young and brilliant minds. While our officials have done a great deal to make students and competitors feel welcome in our beautiful city, the foundation also asks that local citizens with interest in the events sign up and volunteer to help with this massive occasion.
If you are interested in watching what these innovative minds have created but aren't too ecstatic about volunteering there is no need to fret as the event is free and open to the public! The contest will ask that competitors use their inventions to perform certain tasks such as successfully performing a catapult! Who knows, maybe we will see a prototype for one of the worlds next great inventions right here in Louisville!
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North TEXAS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Gigabots Team 2148A aligned with Sachse Kronos 1 Team 5408F against Iron Wave Team 26 and Berkner Fearless Robotics 1366. This was Finals Match 3. All three matches in the finals are in the top 45 combined match scores posted in the World this year according to VexDB.
Win Nine Awards on Record Setting Day and Qualify for the 2015 VEX World Championship
Greenville – Eight VEX Greenville Middle School Robotics teams (The Gigabots) competed in the North Texas VEX Skyrise Regional Championship – Middle School Division at Greenville High School this past Saturday. This tournament crowns State Champions and qualifies teams for the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship -Middle School Division in Louisville, Kentucky beginning April 15th.
Seven of the eight teams entered qualified for the Elimination Rounds. Four of the six teams in the finals matches were “Gigabots.” They walked away with nine awards.
Gigabots Coach Orion Casper says “The students were ready to go into this tournament to compete at the highest level and it showed. I am truly proud of their accomplishments at the first ever North Texas Middle School Regional Tournament. I am looking forward to seeing what they can do as we advance to the US Open Championship and then to the VEX World Championship.”
Gigabots 2148A, Jordan Frimpter, Trenton Burns, Austin Burns, Tessa Mitchell and Yeonsoo Jung, finished the qualification rounds undefeated in first place and lost only one match en-route to becoming State (Tournament) Champions. They received the Excellence Award, the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition. The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a well-rounded VEX robotics program. Winning the Excellence Award qualifies them for the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship. They were also the Programming Skills Champion and Robot Skills Champion. 2148A won a total of 4 awards Saturday.
Gigabots 2148C Pierce Thurmond, Javier Littlefield, Ethan McGee, and Brett Ozarowski finished the qualification rounds in ninth place and joined 2148A to become State (Tournament) Champions. Team 3310B from Rockwall Heath Middle School was the third member of this alliance.
Gigabots 2148E Dallas Davies, Nick Stromberg, Kian Smith, Cheyenne Saling, and Heaven Phillips finished the qualification rounds in sixth place. They joined the number three alliance to finish as Tournament Finalists (Second Place). They also won the “Think Award,” which is presented to a team that has successfully utilized autonomous programming modes during competition.
Gigabots 2148F Romeo Gomez, Henri Haxiaj, Ethan Winters, Neil Smith, and Rodey Wiggins finished the qualification rounds in eleventh place. They joined 2148E to become the Tournament Finalists (second Place). Team 3310A from Rockwall Heath Middle School was the third member of this alliance.
Gigabots 2148G Hannah Cowgill, Kamden Priest, Kylie Locke, Reese Tubbs, and Wyatt Spivey was given the “Judges Award.” This award is goes to a team the judges decide is deserving of special recognition.
Gigabots 2148B Alysia Martinez, Joshua Ross, Daniel Uglade, and Francisca Gutierrez finished the qualification rounds in fifteenth place and joined the number four alliance with Gigabots 2148D Noah Stone, Faith Clayton, Corbin Hudgins, and Brady Diggs who completed the qualifications rounds in seventeenth place. This alliance was a semifinalist. The alliance captain was Team 8909A from McKamy Middle School in Flower Mound.
Gigabots 2148J Alex Portillo, Brandon LeBlanc, Nic Russell, and Joshua Allen finished the qualification rounds in fifth place. The joined the number two alliance which ended the tournament in the semi-finals. Team 9084 and 9084B from Richardson West Junior High were the other members of this alliance.
The Gigabots 2148A, 2418C, 2148D and 2148E next travel to Omaha, Nebraska on April t 7th – 9th to compete in the CREATE U. S. Open Championship – VEX Middle School Division. There they will compete with 61 teams from across the United States to determine the U. S Champion.
For more information about the Greenville Middle School Robotics Programs and Pre-Stem education, please contact Johnny Tharp at firstname.lastname@example.org.