NDTI Sponsors Robotics Club Headed to the State VEX Robotics Championship

February 2015 - The VEX Robotics competition is for middle school, high school and college student groups who create a robot using VEX components. “The competition is not combative and everything is based on the robot's skills; the robots pick up cubes and sky rise pieces to manipulate them and demonstrate their abilities” according to John Paul (JP), NDTI Director of High Desert & Air Force Operations. JP is the Robotics for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) program coordinator and started the Ridgecrest Robotic Mustangs in May 2014 in cooperation with Murray Middle School and Sierra Sands Unified School District.

The Ridgecrest Robotic Mustangs consists of students from Murray Middle School and Immanuel Christian School.  Three teams 7422, 7422M and 7422Z have been competing, with 7422M achieving first place in the final qualifying match on Saturday, January 17, 2015 qualifying them to go to the California state championship.  7422 and 7422Z achieved second and fifth place in the Saturday competition with 28 teams competing in 63 matches. “We were so excited,” JP said. “It was a tough competition.”

The teams will have another chance for the state championships when they compete in the finals competition on February 7, 2015 at Ranchero Middle School in Hesperia, California. The state competition will be in Pasadena, California on February 14, 2015.  State winners qualify for the world championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

To read more about the Ridgecrest Robotic Mustangs: http://www.ridgecrestca.com/article/20150123/NEWS/150129848/1997/NEWS/?Start=1

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