Robots take over at Dundalk High-Sollers Point Tech
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:03

Two robotics tourneys held at new school

by Nicole Rodman

    The Dundalk High School-Sollers Point Technical High School campus opened its doors to the future last weekend as it hosted two county robotics tournaments.
    Last Saturday, both the 
Baltimore County Public Schools  (BCPS) League and the BCPS STEM Fair Vex Robotics Tournaments were held at the new school building.
    The tournaments were originally scheduled to be held at Eastern Technical High School in Essex, but, due to space concerns, the event was moved to Dundalk.
    Robotics teams from both middle and high schools across Baltimore County were on hand for the Feb. 22 tournaments.
    A number of local schools participated in the STEM Fair Tournament, including Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, Sparrows Point High School and Sparrows Point, General John Stricker and Holabird middle schools.
    While Dundalk High School has participated in robotics tournaments in past years, the school did not field a team this year.
    In preparation for the tournament, students on the robotics team at each school designed, built and programmed robots capable of navigating obstacles and manipulating objects.

Robots were controlled with pre-written computer programs and by remote control.
    During the tournament, robots built by students across the county went head-to-head.
    Teams scored points each time their robot successfully moved a ball into a designated scoring area.
    At the end of competition, two local schools — Patapsco and Stricker — were among the winners of the STEM tournament.
    Competing in an alliance with Southwest Academy, Patapsco and Stricker beat the alliance of Ridgely Middle School, Towson High School and Loch Raven Academy by a score of 52-18 in the final match.
    Patapsco and Stricker will go on to compete in the Maryland State Championship VEX Robotics Competition in Westminster on March 8.