Pinehurst/Freerange Alliance Win Spot in Vex Robotics Final

Pinehurst School Vex Robotics team, together with current world champions Freerange Home School, formed an alliance to win the New Zealand Championships, securing them a place at the World Championships to be held next month at the ESPN Sports Complex in Florida.

With 46 teams vying for one of only 9 places available to take them to the World Championships, competition was fierce, however that didn’t stop the newly formed team who will go on to compete in the finals with more than 344 teams (3000 people) from around the world.

The Pinehurst Vex Robotics team are given 9 months to build a robot which has to meet strict criteria and to be able to perform certain operations - their design can be anything they like as long as Vex parts are used and all dimensions are adhered to.

The competition covers year 7 to 13 students and has schools competing from all over NZ.  Pinehurst School is the only school whose team members opt to be involved in Vex as an extra-curricular activity, showing and impressive amount of loyalty to the project.

The Pinehurst Vex team consists of Mark Glover, Fraser Richardson, Iain Heap, Tannen Bonneau, Sam Kerse, Calum Richardson, Angus Forrest and Weston Cowley.

Tannon Bonneau also won $200 of parts for his autocad entry and Fraser Richardson is currently placed 5th in the World for the essay competition. (The top 10 win a prize)

The team are now working hard to find sponsorship with the need to raise $15,000 in just on four weeks to ensure they make it to Florida.


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