The Gregory School robotics team attended their third regional competition on Saturday, January 30, where they qualified to move on to state competition.

The robotics team includes Tianyi Zhu, Zakaria Lamri, Byron Panrudkevich, Christopher McCormick, Benjamin Manninen, and Moritz Gloesslein.

The state competition will take place on February 27 in Flagstaff. According to Physics teacher Dennis Conner, they are confident about the competition because they have been placing high in the regional competitions and have been continuously working hard.

Left to right: Tianyi Zhu, Yoni Weiner, and Christopher McCormick work on the solar car. Photo courtesy of Dennis Conner.

Left to right: Tianyi Zhu, Yoni Weiner, and Christopher McCormick work on the solar car. Photo courtesy of Dennis Conner.

The team placed first  and second in the first two regional competitions.

Conner said, “I’m excited about the state competition because the team has been working hard all year long and have always placed at the top in the competitions. I think they have a really great chance.”

The main goal of Robotics is to build a robot to compete in games that involve different challenges.

The robotics team started preparing late August and has been working hard ever since. They placed third in the third competition; however, they were still able to move on to states because of the Inspire Award. The Inspire Award and placing first are the two different ways that allow teams to move forward to the higher competitions.

The Inspire Award is more of an all around award. Teams that excel in outreach, teamwork, problem solving, programming, design, presentation, and competition receive the award.

This Inspire Award is going to move the TGS robotics team to the state competition where they will compete with 32 other teams. They are continuing their hard work through practices that take place everyday and most weekends to prepare for the state competition.