Largos Will Compete at Worlds Competition

Litchfield Robotics Team Excels
Posted on 04/24/2018
Image of Litchfield Robotics TeamThis year, Litchfield Middle School assembled its first-ever competitive robotics team; and to say they found success quickly is an understatement. The team consists of seven eighth-grade students: Bethany Earl, Valentina Lopez, Trenton Maclean, Eli Nisly, Andrew Stallsmith, Andrew Monochino and Andrew Piunno.

Image of Litchfield Robotics Team

They have all been meeting since September to design, document, construct and program a robot to compete against other middle and high schools in the state. Twice a week, this group, with help and guidance from Firestone High School’s robotics club, has met to build and resolve all types of issues with their robot that they have named Keith. The team, known as the Largos, began competing at competitions consisting mostly of high schools earlier in the year. They found success, though, winning the Design Award at their second local competition which immediately qualified them for the state competition. They went on competing in three more competitions and winning the Judges and Excellence awards. The team traveled to Columbus to compete against 50 other qualifying middle schools. The Largos made the tournament finals but lost a close match which would have sent them to the VEX Worlds Championship. A very disappointed team was quickly revived when they were awarded with the Design Award which qualified them for the Worlds Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, from April 25-29. They will compete against 184 teams from the United States and around the world. This has been an eventful and exciting Cinderella year for the Litchfield team, and they hope to continue their dream season at worlds this week.
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