The Sixth Annual Alabama VEX Robotics State Championship was held March 1st and 2nd on the campus of Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama. Sixty VEX Robotics teams, who had qualified from numerous qualifying tournaments held during the school year, assembled to see which 8 robots would qualify to attend the 2019 VEX World Championship in Louisville Kentucky, April 24th - 27th.
Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School had 12 robots qualify for the state championship this year and took 36 students to the tournament. Friday was the robot skills portion of the tournament. Each participating team ran a 60 second driver controlled period and a 60 second autonomous period. BrewTech Robot 4828-S with Leo Hall, Collin Lawlor, James Beaulieu, and Garrett Gardner came in second place and qualified for the VEX World Championship. That same robot, 4828-S, won The Judges' Award at the end of the competition.
Match play began Saturday morning with 90 qualifying match rounds, each including four robots competing on the 12x12 field. The 60 robotic teams were randomly selected and paired into red and a blue alliances. The match begins with a 15 second autonomous run to score points and is followed by a 1 minute and 45 second driver period.
After completing 6 qualifying matches, two quarterfinal matches and a final match, BrewTech’s Team 4828-H, with David Beam, Hayden Thornhill and Nicholas Reyes won one of two tournament finalist champions awards and qualified to attend the VEX World Championship.
The 12th Annual VEX World Championship will be April 24-27 in Louisville, Kentucky where more than 1,600 teams from 30 nations will compete in a multi-day robotics competition highlighting STEM skills and diversity. The event is broadcast on ESPN.
The Alabama VEX Robotics State Competition was hosted by the Southeastern Center of Robotics Education (SCORE) at Auburn University in partnership with the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC). For more information visit ScoreAU.org, RoboticsEducation.org, or contact Steve Ballard at BrewTech Magnet High School at (334) 284-7100.