Sat. Mar 25th, 2023

photo by: Joselyn King

Wheeling Park Higher College senior Ethan Matz shows the Iron Patriots MK 1 robot that not too long ago won his group the state championship in abilities.

WHEELING – Ohio County Schools robotics teams bested most all in West Virginia at the state robotics championships this month, and now they appear to take on the planet.

There are 40 Ohio County students on their way to the Vex Robotics Planet Championship April 25-27 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Arena in Dallas.

1 of the students is Wheeling Park Higher College senior Azariah Bayes, the “driver” for the Iron Patriots MK four robot that took the all round state championship in West Virginia.

West Virginia was allocated spots for 14 teams in the planet championship, and Ohio County Schools took nine of them – 3 for WPHS, 4 from Bridge Street Middle College and two from Triadelphia Middle College .

photo by: Joselyn King

Wheeling Park Higher College senior Azariah Bayes demonstrates the Iron Patriots MK four robot that not too long ago won his group the all round state championship and a spot in the planet finals in Dallas.

Bayes stated possessing the finest and most effective robot in the competitors is not generally what brings house a win for its group. The robots are constructed and coded to do issues as shoot as quite a few discs as they can into a net as it can in a 45-second period.

“I wouldn’t say it is the robot that is greater — I practice a lot,” Bayes stated. “I can outdrive all our opponents, and I can outshoot all our opponents.

“Our robot is above typical, but once again I wouldn’t say it is the robot. It is about drive practice with my drive group, and time management on the field.”

He took more than as the robot’s driver right after the begin of the season, but like class time he estimates he practices driving the robot about 3 hours each and every day.

He stated there will be some modifications created to the robot prior to the planet championships, and that as an alternative of shooting 4 discs at a time it will be capable to shoot six – enabling the group the chance to score a lot more points in the course of the allotted time period.

Bayes hopes to pursue a profession in engineering although in college, and is hunting into the possibility of attending Purdue University or the on the net Southern New Hampshire University.

WPHS senior Ethan Matz and his group, Iron Patriots MK 1, also certified for the planet championships although winning the abilities championship for West Virginia.

He knows what sets his team’s robot apart from the other individuals.

“It’s quick – more rapidly than the other ones,” he stated. “It’s likely the quickest a single in the state, and it likely shoots the quickest, as properly.”

Matz stated he created some adjustments in the robot’s motors in the course of the season to boost its speed.

Bridge Street Middle College eighth graders Mya White and Emma McNickle are excited to be heading to Dallas. Their Steels Devil III group was the state tournament champion amongst the middle college competitors.

They added they have been hunting forward to meeting new men and women from about the planet, and getting capable to enhance upon their coding abilities.

JoJo Shay, innovation coordinator for Ohio County Schools, has about a month to coordinate the logistics of acquiring the 40 students and nine teams with their coaches and chaperones to Dallas.

That is double the quantity of robotics students who traveled to Dallas final year for the planet championships, she stated. It was their very first year of competing, and Ohio County Schools sent 4 teams.

“This year we certified nine teams, and that is a testament to their passion for robotics, and their level of competitors and their need to get to the subsequent level,” she stated. “This year we have a lot a lot more little ones.”

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