The Melrose Middle School iRaiders Team #2713A receive their award for becoming World Champions in the Programming Skills Competition at VEX World Championship held in Florida over the spring break. In addition to beating all the other middle school teams they also beat 392 out of the 400 high school teams that entered by placing 8th out of all teams. On the competition field they finished tied for 37th place out of a 103 team field that was dominated by teams from China.
In the photo are, left to right, Matt Mroz, Colin Hegarty (holding the trophy), Kyle Yee (in front of Colin), Kari Byron, Abraham Zimmerman, and Joe Valente. The kids are all 8th graders at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School.
The path for this your iRaiders squad started in the robot labs of Melrose High School in December. After winning both the overall championship and the programming skills at both the regionals and state championshpi they spent another 3-4 weeks tuning the software, reviewing game strategy from other events held around the world, and improving their overal robot.
In the final two weeks they meet for 14 consecutive days refining the autonomous mode of the robot. In this mode the robot had to score as many points as it could without any human control. By scoring 30 points in a single round they locked up the World Championship position.
Video of the presentation can be watched below.