On Saturday December 1st a middle school LEGO robotics competition was held at the North Quincy High School gymnasium hosted by Quincy Public Schools HYPER Robotics. Bluefin Robotics of Quincy sponsored the event.
The event was hosted by the Quincy Public Schools HYPER Robotics team – a combined Quincy High School and North Quincy High School robotics team and drew more than 900 people from all over the state. 48 middle school teams (5 from Quincy) competed in the robotics event entitled “Senior Solutions”.
The highly interactive event featured 6 playing fields and audio/visual professionals with 4 large projection screens, music, and entertainment that got all participants excited for competition. The event continued its tradition of being the most energetic middle school event in the state. Volunteer students were incredibly kind, helpful, and supportive of all teams. Teams of approximately ten middle school students moved through the venue from the pit area, field play, and the judging area. Robot game play was judged including robot design and teamwork. Enthusiasm was a factor as well. Teams were judged both technically and academically on the intentions of their design and how their designs could help the community. The event was such a huge success due largely to the over 100 community volunteers involved who served as judges, referees, audio-visual technicians, etc. Over 30 alumni of the high school robotics team were present and helped as volunteers; many of which are now in school or hold engineering degrees.
Quincy’s team from Atlantic Middle Schools won the 2012 Presentation Award.
Christopher Johnson, NQHS Alumni, received the 2012 “Volunteer of the Year Award” for his year round dedication to the team and serving as the head judge for the event. Chris currently works for Massa Products Corporation in Hingham as an acoustics engineer.
Twelve winning teams from Saturday’s eastern Massachusetts qualifier will move on to the state finals at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on December 15th