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Canutillo Robotics Teams Battle to Championships and World Competition
Posted on 05/18/2018
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Canutillo Eagle Technologies has become the leading robotics team in West Texas and battled tough at world competition. The Canutillo High School Robotics Team won the West Texas Regional Championship March 3, 2018 and qualified two teams for the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship April 25-28, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.

During the West Texas Regional Championships at the EPCC Service Center in March, the Eagle B team completed 6 of 6 elimination matches undefeated. The winning streak and champion status continued for the Eagle B team when they formed an alliance with the Eagle A team and Riverside R team for the elimination matches. The Canutillo/Riverside R alliance won the tournament championship and qualified to compete at World by defeating other alliances from Valle Verde EC, Hanks, Socorro and Eastwood. In total, Canutillo has won 14 Vex competitions in the city this year.

“These guys have put in lots of time and preparation for these events and the results are showing it,” Canutillo Eagle Technologies Coach Hector Acosta said. “The possibility of qualifying for VEX World and having a chance of going to Louisville, Kentucky were high.”

The VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, is the largest robotics competition on earth. The week-long competitive robotics event brings together more than 1,400 of the best VEX Competition teams, leading technology companies, and volunteers to celebrate young students’ achievements in STEM.

Canutillo High School Assistant Principal and STEM Coordinator Christopher Judge said that the students were excited to work hard with a lot of hours before and after school to get to world competition and weren’t intimidated when they got there.

“Now, our kids understand what it takes to compete and they showed at lot of character and class,” Judge said. “At world, they had a chance to meet with teams from other countries and learn from them.”

Back in February, CHS participated in a VEX Robotics Tournament at Socorro High School and both teams finished on top and qualified for TSA VEX Skills in Fort Worth, TX April 15-17, 2018.
Eagle Team A completed the qualifying matches 5 of 6 and went on to win the tournament in alliance with Riverside and Hanks. They also finished third in the VEX Skills competition. Eagle Team B completed the qualifying matches 6 of 6, but was eliminated in the semifinals. However, Team B won first in VEX Skills. They are the Far West Texas TSA Regional Vex Skills Champions.

Canutillo High School is designated, along with Canutillo Middle School, as a Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academy by the Texas Education Agency. This makes Canutillo ISD one of only a few in the state of Texas to have a 6th through 12th grade T-STEM track.

Judge explained that robotics isn’t just play – students learn teamwork, collaboration, building, coding, writing and designing. It could be for anybody – not just those interested in engineering.

“We’re in our second year of the T-STEM designation here at Canutillo High School and I think we’re heading in the right direction,” Judge said.