The Lamar Robotics team competed on February 25, 2017, at Nimitz High School for the State championships. 57 Teams competed in the State competition held at Nimitz High School, in which Lamar’s robotics team The DiscoBots 2587K placed third. Because of this, the Disco Bots qualified for the VEX World Championship being held in Kentucky later this year.
The competition, called Vex Starstruck, challenges high school students to build and code a robot from scratch. This year’s competition, StarStruck, has students competing to throw stars and cubes over a fence to score points against an opposing team. The team with the most points wins.
The first match of the day The DiscoBots lost but over the course of the day they were able to win 3 matches, tied 1 and lost another match. After the qualifiers, the DiscoBots ended up in 11th place.
Teams were able to build alliances The DiscoBots to compete in the quarter, semis and finals, all three of these are won by the best 2 out of 3. The DiscoBots won the first 2 matches against the 3rd alliance and moved on to the semis. In the semis, these students went up against the 4th alliance and lost the first match but won the second. Because The DiscoBots made it to the semis they qualified a golden ticket to worlds in Louisville Kentucky.