At a glance
Here’s a look at the local high school robotics teams headed to the world championships:
* South’s second-place team, 1961C, includes Quintin Crist, Jacob Francis, Brian John, Blake Lafayette and Sai Molugoori.
* Central’s driver’s team, 5854, is made up of Trent Callan, Richard Garcia, Brandon Gross, Caleb Puentes and Ian Trobaugh.
* North’s team, 3536E, features Brady Roose, Conner Wilson and Sydney Wright.
Source: Forsyth County Schools
FORSYTH COUNTY — A South Forsyth High School robotics team placed second in the state during the inaugural Georgia VEX Robotics State Championship Tournament.
“These kids were right in the thick of being the best in the state,” said robotics coach and South engineering teacher Nick Crowder. “This qualifies them for the world championships.”
A team from North Forsyth was also among the competition’s top 16 teams, which advance to compete at the global level next month in Anaheim, Calif.
Forsyth Central High’s team will also be heading to the world championship, just not for making the semifinals, said David Johnson, robotics club adviser.
“In the first round, our robot got stuck on a game piece and spent over 30 seconds of the two-minute round getting free. We only lost the round by a couple of points,” Johnson said.
“The only consolation was that the alliance that knocked us out went on to win the tournament.
“We had a good team and a good robot, we just drew the top dog right off the bat.”
But Johnson said that same team will get the last laugh in California, since it earned a slot for ranking high in the driver’s skills challenge.
“They’re going to bring back a trophy from California,” Johnson said.
Crowder said his South squad is made up of seniors who “have put their entire high school career fairly focused on just doing VEX robotics, so it was great to see them rewarded for their efforts.”
“I didn’t do much of anything during the competition. It makes me proud ... that they don’t need me anymore,” Crowder said. “That is the point — to get them to a point as people that they’re self-sufficient and can do this for themselves.”
The state competition, held in McDonough, was a major event, Crowder said. Previously, all teams who placed in regional events were invited to the world competition, but the state competition is a way to find the best of the best in the state, Crowder said.
“Some of the kids are disappointed,” Crowder said. “It’s harder so not as many are going, but those who we send as a state are more qualified...now what we put forward in Georgia is going to be nothing but the finest robots from Georgia.”