A team of students from Hamilton Middle School competed in this month’s inaugural California VEX Robotics Middle School State Championship in Santa Clara.
After 10 qualifying matches, Hamilton qualified for a wild card round in the quarterfinals and placed 16th out of 27 teams. The Hamilton students had qualified for the state competition by winning a regional robotics contest last December at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science in Carson.
The Hamilton students were America Calvario, Cindy Coronado, Itzel Corrales, Ian Aguilar, Isaac Canado and Trenton Randell.
Hamilton MESA Teacher Ethan George advised the students, each of whom played a unique role. Their roles included two drivers, a programmer, two technicians and a networking specialist to solicit interest in other teams for joining in a competitive alliance.
The state contest involved a game called “toss up,” in which teams maneuver their robots through obstacles to place balls of various sizes past a goal to score points.
The Hamilton team’s parents were on hand to support their children, decorating the team’s pit where students made adjustments to their robots, and making a large poster identifying the team. The parents also drove the students six hours each way to Santa Clara and back to Long Beach.
LBUSD is providing robotics programs in 16 middle and K-8 schools this year for sixth through eighth grades.