Robotics Team Gearing Up for New Season
August 31, 2023
TA’s VEX Robotics team 4886 is gearing up for the 2023-24 season. The team is open to TA students in both middle and high school who enjoy tinkering with motors, structures, and computers, who like making stuff and STEM, and are looking for some collaborative teamwork and spirited competition to round out their school experience.
Robotics Team 4886 meets every school day from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m in the robot shack adjacent to senior hill. Students work in groups of 2-4 to design and build motorized remote-controlled robots to compete against those from schools throughout VT and NH playing this year’s game: Vex Over Under.
“There’s a lot to learn in making a successful robot and teamwork is important,” team mentor Leif LaWhite said, “but the the old-timers will help newcomers get started and everyone is welcome to be a part of the team.” 4886 competes in the VT/NH league of the VEX VRC Robotics Competition and has often earned spots at both the State and World Championship competitions.
Though practice begins on the first day of school in August, the season really ramps up in September. The robots grow in complexity and sophistication throughout the fall and by late October, a few groups will have their robots ready to travel to competitions on Saturdays. From November to February, the teams will continue to refine and improve their robots leading up to the NH/VT league championship in mid February.
Interested students can come to a practice anytime, though early participation and a steady commitment is strongly encouraged. Should a part-year commitment to a fall sport or other obligation prevent early participation, the team is ready to add new members into an existing group later in the season.
Students who can’t join the team every day are also welcome–there is a place for everyone on 4886. For more information about the team and VEX Robotics, stop by a team practice or contact the team coaches at [email protected]