Somersfield Team Qualifies For VEX Robotics

March 4, 2019

Nine members of the Somersfield Academy middle school robotics team traveled to Framingham, Massachusetts for a week-long intensive workshop and competition, with the team earning enough points to successfully qualify for the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championships.

There, they partnered with the Walsh Middle School robotics team members and coach, Pascal Chesnais, with both schools furthering the design, code and build processes for their competition robots.

The week also included visits to iRobot and the MIT Robotics department, and culminated with intense competition at the Southern New England Regional Qualifiers, hosted by VEX Robotics.

The regional competition attracted 48 teams from the New England area and was comprised of 120 separate rounds to determine seeding, after which a knockout playoff tournament was held with the top teams. The teams played each other in a 2-versus-2 game called “Turning Point” in which robots manipulate objects in a ring to score points, both autonomously and driver-controlled.

“You may have mechanically or programmatically the best robot, but you still need the ability to work with others,” said Mr. Chesnais, a technology and engineering teacher. “It’s exactly what engineering is about, except in game form, which gets a lot of kids’ attention.”

Owen Dinsmore, Jacques Stefani, Sam Lindo, Nash Storey, Cameron Pimental, Stefan DeCouto, Emily Orchard, Neil Varwandkar, Liam Foster

Somersfield Students Bermuda March 4 2019

The Somersfield Sharks managed to advance into the playoffs, reaching the Round of 16 where they were bested by the #2 seeded team in the tournament by only 2 points.

Throughout the competition, the Bermuda team garnered enough points to successfully qualify for the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championships.

Simon Storey, team coach, noted, “We are so pleased and excited to have qualified for VEX Worlds. We believe that Robotics is the perfect embodiment of STEM education, as it draws on each of the core disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and distills them into a single product.

“Further, it embodies the scientific process of formulating ideas, documenting and iterating prototypes, in order to learn from both success as well as failure. Lastly, competition teaches our students the power of team-work, and how to perform under pressure.”

The 2019 VEX World Championships will be held in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2019.

For more information on VEX Robotics visit or to connect locally please contact Charlie Judd at Somersfield Academy on 236-9797.

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