Robotics students from Hamilton Middle School were part of the winning and runner-up teams at a recent Southern California competition, while the California Academy of Mathematics and Science earned an Excellence Award in a separate contest and will move onto a world championship event in April at Disneyworld.
The Hamilton students competed in the Northrop Grumman Middle School Robotics competition hosted by CAMS last month. CAMS students planned and organized the event with guidance from the school’s physics and digital electronics teacher, Ted Harder. Also competing were Long Beach’s Powell and Lindsey schools, whose students defeated several teams to progress to the playoffs. But Hamilton’s students, led by teacher Ethan George, walked away with the title.
Participating students started with VEX Robotics kits (vexrobotics.com) and customized the devices to accomplish assigned tasks, such as placing donut-like rings on a goal post.
A week after the Hamilton win, CAMS robotics students earned an Excellence Award at the Small Manufacturer’s Institute Robotics Competition in Granada Hills, qualifying for the April championships in Orlando, Fla.