STA Robotics Team Finishes 2nd in VEX Competition
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STA Robotics Team Finishes 2nd in VEX Competition

The STA Robotics Team competed this weekend in the local "Nothing But Net" VEX Robotics Competition at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans. Vex Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, are composed of teams of students tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams locally, regionally, nationally, and eventually from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.

STA's robot was designed by sophomore Jude Vitrano and built by members of the Robotics II class. The robot's design was to place balls into a goal via a claw. During the competition, the robot was controlled by sophomore Nicholas Hudspeth. The robot was also disassembled during the competition several times in order to improve efficiency and accuracy. By the final round, the claw had been removed and the robot was able to simply push the balls across the goal line.

STA defeated teams from St. Paul's, St. Michael's (BR), Lee High STEM, Hancock County, Lusher Charter School, Madison High, and Central Lafourche. These victories advanced them to the final round where they were defeated by host school, Holy Cross. 

STA students attending the competition were (front row) freshman Kenny Mayeaux, sophomore Jacob Anthon, and senior Hunter Dupre; (back row) sophomore Lochlann Werling, freshman Andrew Loyacano, junior Christopher Threeton, sophomores Nicholas Hudspeth, Jude Vitrano, Alex Wisecarver, and junior Clayton Ourso.

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