Next Up: VEX World Championship

Over the last couple of months, Rowan ‘24 has proven his robotics ranks at two recent competitions, with a third in sight.

At the end of February, Rowan competed in the final phase of the three-part Vex Albuquerque Robotics League Tournament. He ranked first of the 27 teams in two out of three performance categories—Calculated Contribution to Win Margin and Offensive Power Rating—by a margin of over 30%. He achieved this despite the official Vex Robotics system ranking him as having the most difficult matches in the entire tournament by over 20%. Additionally, he ranked first in Driver Skills and fourth overall in the tournament—advancing to the state competition.

The VEX Robotics New Mexico State Championship took place on March 5, and Rowan competed against 26 other teams from New Mexico. Competing alone against teams of three to five students, he designed, constructed, programmed, and drove a robot of his own. Through his ingenuity, Rowan's robot was capable of manipulating field elements and balancing on a precarious seesaw platform while defending against other competitors. 
 
The state tournament culminated with Rowan ranking first in both the qualifying round and the Robot Skills Challenge, which combines programming and driving skills. He ultimately won the entire tournament and earned the Excellence Award—the highest honor awarded to any robotics team. As a result of his efforts, Rowan qualified for the VEX World Championship in Dallas, TX, this May, where he will compete against other qualifying teams from 45 other countries. 
 
Good luck to Rowan! We’ll be cheering him on from afar.
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