Matoaca overcomes challenges at robotics competition

The Matoaca High School robotics team coached by John Ligon competed in the northern regional First Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifying event on Saturday, Jan. 19. It was a challenging day met with certain setbacks and difficulties modifying the design and reprogramming the robot so that it could pass inspection and compete. These events tested the team as the students worked through the problems to create a functional, successful robot.

Through the initial five rounds the team had success but fell in ranking from fourth to eighth to 14th and finally they finished in 18th place out of 28 teams. The team was chosen by the first place team to form an alliance with two other schools to play for the championship in the elimination rounds. Matoaca’s robotics team together with the two other schools played through the final four rounds winning the final match and will now play in the state championship on March 2.

The team plans to complete one more qualifying competition in February at Virginia State University and then concentrate their efforts on the state finals at Arthur Ashe Center.

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