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Bryant robotics team leaves for world championship today

April 17, 2013

Members of the Bryant robotics team pictured here, in front from left, are Zach Heath, senior; William Wyeth, junior; Rex Hearn, freshman; Dylan Wilcox, sophomore; Isaiah Stefan, junior; and Josh Lawson, junior. Team sponsors and engineering teachers pictured on the back row are, from left, Debbie Norris and John Williams. Members not pictured are Jonathan Austin, senior; Spencer Sullivan, senior; Ashley Harris, senior; Chance Levinson, junior; Ryan West, sophomore; and Zack Foltz, sophomore.

The Bryant Hornet Engineering Robotics Team leaves for Anaheim, Calif. today to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship. The students will be up against thousands of students from more than 20 countries.
More information is available at the engineering department's website: http://engineering.bryantschools.org.
The team plans to regularly update the site while at the competition with new videos and special features to keep Bryant supporters in the loop, said Devin Sherrill, Bryant schools communications director.
The Bryant Hornet Engineering is the first team from Arkansas to be eligible to compete for world championship.
In the competition, the students must move the largest number of beanbags with their robot. The students also programmed the robot to run in autonomous mode without controls.
The students built two robots: Remus and Romulus. It takes them roughly two months to design and build a robot.
The team qualified for the contest after earning the Excellence Award at the regional round-up at Arkansas Tech University in late February.
According to the VEX Robotics website, "This is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition. The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a well-rounded VEX robotics program. This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and teamwork. As a strong contender in numerous award categories, this team deserves to be recognized for building a quality robot and a 'team' committed to quality in everything that they do."

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