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Students from Six Schools Compete in Annual VEX Robotics Competition
Posted 6/6/22

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On May 21, approximately 40 students participated in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 5th Annual Robotics Competition hosted at Costa Mesa High School. Students spent countless hours inside and outside their engineering or computing Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways and robotics clubs to build and code VEX robots. Teams of up to four students then faced off against one another in a driver competition and autonomous showcase.

The teams were composed of students from TeWinkle Middle School, Costa Mesa Middle and High School, Estancia High School, Ensign Intermediate, and Newport Harbor High School. This year’s VEX competition game, dubbed “Tipping Point,” featured two teams in each round competing to score points within a 12-foot-by-12-foot space. 

This experience increases students’ knowledge about mechanical engineering and programming, as well as improves their communication, collaboration, creative and critical thinking skills.


Tournament Champions

  • Taur’s Team – Ryan Taur, NHHS

  • Circuit Breakers – Dylan Matian, Liam Menendez and John Bui, CMHS

Tournament Finalists

  • Rust in Peace –  Lorelei Hobbis, CMHS

  • Gabe and Gia Team – Gabriel Golamco and Gia Ancone, NHHS

Autonomous Winners

  • Ryan Taur, NHHS

  • Lorelei Hobbis, CMHS

Best Robot Design

  • Taur’s Team – Ryan Taur, NHHS