Gulliver Preparatory School hosts VEX Robotic Qualifier Competition

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Tournament Champions are (l-r) Gulliver’s Danielle Spiegelman, Nikita Mayani, Devin Robbins, Shayantha Sinnarajah and Armaan Mayani. (Not pictured is Victor Naziazeni.)

Gulliver Preparatory School hosted its first VEX Robotic Qualifier Competition on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the school’s gymnasium. The competition featured 12 South Florida schools and 32 robots.

The VEX Robotics Competition is the largest and fastest growing middle and high school robotics program globally with 2,600 teams from 20 countries participating in more than 200 tournaments worldwide. Events are being conducted and added in several cities, states and countries each week. The competition connects students, mentors, and schools into a variety of technology-based programs that foster technical and interpersonal skills.

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VEX Round Up is played on a 12- by 12-foot square field and two alliances — one “red” and one “blue” — composed of two teams. Each alliance competes in matches consisting of a 20-second time period, where the robot follows preprogrammed commands from its onboard microprocessor.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than an opponent alliance, by placing tubes upon goalposts, owning goalposts, and by low hanging or high hanging from the ladder.

In addition to Gulliver Prep, Miami-Dade schools participating in the competition were MAST Academy, Belen Jesuit, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Christopher Columbus High, Ransom Everglades Middle, Miami Northwestern High, Coral Park High and Coral Gables High. Out of county schools included McArthur High (Hollywood), Donna Klein Academy (Boca Raton) and Seminole Ridge Community High (Loxahatchee).

Gulliver Preparatory School teams won three awards.

The group consisting of Eric Milton, Joyce Chen, Rodrigo Royo, and Stefano Tufts won the Judges award. The squad consisting of Michael Carey, Darian Miranda, William Gubbins, and Ben Froomkin won the “Programming Skills Champion” award and the team of Devin Robbins, Nikita Mayani, Armaan Mayani, Danielle Spiegelman, Shayantha Sinnarajah, and Victor Naziazeni took home the “Tournament Champions” award.

Gulliver robots were competitive all day with all five robots either winning or making it to the finals in all the challenges they entered.

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