Video: Somersfield Middle School Robotics Team

March 9, 2019

The Somersfield Academy middle school robotics team is continuing their preparations for the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championships in Kentucky next month, with the students having recently qualified by virtue of their strong showing in the regional contest.

Nine members of the team, who are aged 12 – 14, traveled to Framingham, Massachusetts for a week-long workshop and competition, with the regional competition attracting 48 teams from the New England area.

Somersfield Robotics Team Bermuda, March 8 2019-0095

It was comprised of 120 separate rounds to determine seeding, after which a knockout playoff tournament was held with the top teams, in which they 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.

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, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2019.

This is yet another example of the island’s schools incorporating technology into their curriculum, with public, private and home schools increasingly using STEM and STEAM training to prepare their students for the 21st century.

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