Van Wert High School hosted the annual Northwest Ohio Regional Robotics Competition a few weeks ago, however, the sights and sounds were a little different this year as the teams competed entirely remotely.
This year’s competition was appropriately named the COVID Classic Competition with teams from around the state “Zooming” in via remote judging interviews on Friday night and Saturday morning. This year, teams competed solo and entered in their individual scores via a secure internet site with the winners being decided by which teams can score the highest overall score over six matches.
This season, Van Wert Team 5501 won the Design award in their first event held remotely from Cincinnati and Team 14174 has been finalists for a few awards. Van Wert’s two high school teams competed in their third competition recently, the Kent State Qualifier, where both teams advanced to the State Championship competition through finishing with match scores high enough to be two of five teams to advance from this tournament.
The Van Wert High School robotics program is possible through the generous contributions of local businesses and companies. Central Insurance, Alliance Automation, Vancrest, Van Wert Federal Bank and 1st Federal Bank of Van Wert, Citizens Bank, Statewide Ford, Miller Precision, Tenneco are faithful sponsors each season to help the teams participate in FIRST Tech Challenge.
Team Coaches Bob Spath and Zane McElroy would also like to thank the Van Wert County Foundation for their donation through the Flickinger Memorial Fund.