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May 17, 2022

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Brentwood Students Win at Robotics Championships in Texas

A record 36 young boys and girls — making up eight teams of Brentwood Academy (BA) students — are back from Dallas, Texas, after competing at the highest level of competition in robotics. This is the largest number of teams from a single school in the state of Tennessee to ever qualify for the prestigious event.

More than 800 teams competed in the high school division and 500 teams in middle school. Brentwood Academy students competed against the best teams around the globe and they brought back two top awards.

“In just nine seasons, Brentwood Academy robotics has become one of the premier programs in the Southeast,” says Chris Allen, BA’s director of robotics. “To see our students work so diligently year-round to compete and be successful at such a high level is incredibly rewarding,” he adds.

BA’s teams were among more than 20,500 robotics teams from 49 states and 47 countries. Out of this group, 3,000 teams qualified to attend the REC Foundation’s VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas.

Student teams compete with custom-built and programmed robots in timed matches. They make adjustments on-the-fly in race car-like pits. The student-driven program highlights workforce skills such as interview techniques, team-building, enhanced communication tools, creative problem-solving and collaborative compromise.

Brentwood Academy Robotics Team 9364XAWARD WINNERS:

  • 2022 VEX Robotics Worlds Championship – INNOVATE AWARD (High School)
  • 9364A — Patrick Melton, Gus Elliott, Jake Barker, Drew Collignon, Tate Cho
  • 2022 VEX Robotics Worlds Championship – INSPIRE AWARD (Middle School)
  • 9364X — Isaac Shapiro, Austin Graham, Greg Baltimore, Henry Hill
  • 2022 VEX Robotics Worlds Championship – SEMIFINALIST
  • 9364D — Andrew Bianchi, Emily Melton, Alex Nguyen, Anna Grace Wooten, Jake Widmaier
  • 2022 VEX Robotics Worlds Championship – QUARTERFINALISTS
  • 9364A — Patrick Melton, Gus Elliott, Jake Barker, Drew Collignon, Tate Cho
  • 9364U — Sam Wells, Eva Marie Bonnafous, Jameson Barbat
  • 9364X — Isaac Shapiro, Austin Graham, Greg Baltimore, Henry Hill

 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 3-year-old Ezra.