The Mount Desert Island High School Robotics Team won at the Vex Tournament at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Not only did they win the competition, they also won the overall Excellence award, given to the top overall team, in performance and as assessed by the judges. They also won the Sportsmanship Award, awarded to the team that is extremely courteous and most enthusiastic!

Photo MDI High School Courtesy Megan McCosker

Thanks to Robotics Coach Megan McOosker for the following report and photos

The Junior/Senior MDIHS Robotics team, known as the 'Pickles' devoted a huge amount of time and effort in the building of their robot for this year's competition 'In the Zone'.   Together with their alliance partner from Foxcroft Academy, "Dom Arigato", the MDIHS team triumphed in the finals.
Robots this year needed to move both heavy mobile goals and lighter goals, lifting the lighter goals on top of the mobile goals and transporting them into the scoring zone.  Robots are programmed to both operate 'autonomously', with preprogrammed code solely directing the robot's movement as well as with 'driver control', where the programmed joystick controls the robot.
MDIHS fielded three robots at the competition. Two of the three teams are composed of freshmen and sophomores and we are very proud of their efforts. The construction and programming of a Vex robot represents a huge challenge as there is no set way to either build or program.  Students need to collaborate with each other on the team, and also with other teams and the tournament is set up as a round robin, two teams competing against two other teams in each match.
The Mount Desert Island High School Robotics Team will now compete at the state meet on March 3 in Biddeford.