Pegasus Robotics Teams Win Awards at VEX Robotics Competitions

On October 14, three Pegasus Robotics teams, composed of 15 seventh and eighth graders, participated in the 1st Annual Damien Spartan Middle School Challenge at Damien High School in La Verne, CA, and received two out of seven prestigious awards.
Two of the Pegasus teams advanced to the quarterfinals and one to the semifinals. There were a total of 21 teams (120 students) from 10 schools (Los Angeles and Orange County) competing. VEX Robotics presents only two of the seven awards based on points. The remaining five awards are based on hard work, engineering notebook documentation, and teamwork with other schools.

Team 3686C received the Judges Award, which is presented to the team that exhbits exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, team accomplishments and endeavors throughout the season and deserving of special recognition.

Team 3686B received the Amaze Award, which is giiven to a team that has built a competition robot that clearly demonstrates overall quality. A solid mechanical design along with demonstrated robot programming, robustness, strong performance and consistency.

Eighth grader Jacqueline Hinman, reflects after the competition about one of the challenges her team faced:
"A challenge I think we faced at the tournament was communication. I feel that if my team and I had come up with a more set plan and strategy, we could have done better. I learned that it is very important to talk to the other alliances/teams and take notes on their robots. I liked competing at this robotics tournament because it was earlier in the season when everyone’s robot is about the same level.”

One of the goals the teams are focused on achieving in preparation for the next tournament is to have drivers spend more time practice scoring on the game field in the Pegasus Idea Lab. Students continue to practice driving their robots at lunch to refine their skills.

Great job to all students, and to Mrs. Kathy DeBest, computer science teacher, who helped lead them to victory!

Pegasus eighth graders began brainstorming and researching ideas for the 2018-19 VEX game this past May, when it was announced by VEX at the World Championship Tournament. The students worked for five weeks during the summer to learn the fundamentals of building and began creating their design for their robot. Teams spend a lot of time researching and planning before they began building their robot. Teamwork is the key to the success of their robot and each student has their speciality on a robot team: builder, programmer, team manager, notebook manager, driver. The students learned that the engineering design process is a method of constantly prototyping, testing, analyzing the results, and refining the design.



2018 Bishop Amat VEX Robotics Middle School Tournament

On October 20, two of the Pegasus Robotics teams competed in their second VEX Robotics tournament at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente. The girls' team #3686A ended the day in fourth place out of 26 teams! They advanced to the semifinals and lost the match by only one point. The second Pegasus Robotics team placed #13 and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Team #3686A was awarded the Build Award, which is based on the following criteria:
  • Robot construction is of professional quality; robust, clean and elegant use of materials
  • Robot efficiently uses mechanical and electrical components
  • Robot is designed with a clear dedication to safety and attention to detail
  • Robot demonstrates reliability on the field and holds up under competition conditions
  • Teamwork, interview quality, and team professionalism
Click here  for more information about the VEX Robotics competition.

The Pegasus School is a coed, non-profit, nonsectarian day school in Huntington Beach, California, that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. A Pegasus education equips bright, motivated students to achieve future academic success and make a positive impact on society.