Hudson -- Robots battled for 11 trophies at the Hudson Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Alliance tournament Dec. 9 at Hudson High School.

Students on 44 robotic teams competed from schools in the area for trophies with five teams advancing to districts Jan. 12 and 13 at the University of Akron, said Sheila King, vice president operations, Hudson STEM Alliance.

Hudson had two of the five teams advancing to district competition -- BreadOMatic 5000 and Articulated Manipulators. Mad Hatters of Solon, Big Brain Theory of North Canton and Twinsburg Robo Tigers of Twinsburg also advanced.

The tournament was broken down into three robot competitions -- a Junior For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology LEGO League Expo for ages 6 to 8; FIRST LEGO League competition for ages 9 through 14; and FIRST Tech Challenge scrimmage for those 15 through 18 years old.

"I think it was a great event, and students did very well," King said. "In the LEGO league there were a lot of new young teams. I see them competing for the next few years."

High school teams were frustrated, which was a good thing, King said. They had a lot of learning to do in order to figure out the problems.

The STEM Alliance Tournament challenges students to research problems, apply math and science concepts, learn team-building and presentation skills and design, build and program a robot to complete a series of tasks.

Organizers had fewer problems this year, King said.

"There were very few glitches," she said. "Hudson has the process down for getting the tournament done."

More than 35 judges and referees along with volunteers helped to make the program work, King said.

The Mad Hatters of Solon won the Champions Award, and BreadOMatic 5000 of Hudson won Best Robot Performance with 368 points scored.

Other robot awards went to LegoBots of Hudson for Robot Mechanical Design; BreadOMatic 5000 of Hudson for Robot Programming; and Twinsburg Robo Tigers for Robot Strategy and Innovation.

Core Value Awards went to Articulated Manipulators of Hudson for Inspiration; MasterMinds of Kenston for Teamwork; and Big Brain Theory for Gracious Professionalism.

Project Awards were given to Blazing Brains of Hudson for Project Innovative Solution; Westlake Robotic Demons of Westlake for Project Research; and Spy Kids with Bananas of Gesu Catholic School for Project Presentation.


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