The Harvey School’s robotics program made it five championships in five tries when two of its members teamed up Saturday, Jan. 28, to capture first place at the VEX Robotics Regional Qualifier Competition at Vaughn College of Aerospace Technology in Queens.
The two-man team of senior Ryan Hurst and junior Justin Tebbutt handed Harvey its second consecutive championship at the Vaughn College competition. Three members of the Class of 2016, Elliot Choe, Jack Taylor and Hannah Herrera, had won the event last year.
Vaughn College, which competes in Vex U, the worldwide university robotics tournament series and was the world champion last year, played host to Harvey and some 40 other local schools whose students built their robots and then engaged them to compete in a game on the VEX competition field.
The RoboCavs’ teacher/coach John Wahlers offered praise for Harvey’s entire team. "Winning a tournament is tough business - two wins for the entire season would be a big accomplishment for any robotics program, but winning five in a row is a resounding testimony to the dedication and hard work of our students."
The RoboCavs will be busy in February, participating in the iDesign Freeport Robotics Competition, Saturday, Feb. 4, and the iDesign East Rockaway Vex Qualifier, Saturday, Feb. 11. Harvey’s robotics team then stays home to compete when the RoboCavs host a state qualifier contest, Saturday, Feb. 18.