Twelve teams from five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) middle and high schools participated in the 2022 VEX Robotics Southern Maryland Showdown on Saturday, Feb. 5, at John Hanson Middle School. The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest-growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 20,000 teams from 50 countries playing in over 1,700 competitions worldwide.

CCPS VEX Robotics participants receive the Volunteer of the Year Award and Sportsmanship Award at the 2022 VEX Robotics Competition. Front row left to right: MaKhi Epps, Saleem Dhamna, Minh Nguyen, Averie Foster 2nd Row left to right: Mrs. Lynda Wyatt, Ralph Jose, Jalen Alexander Mr. Dan Meltzner Back Row: Left to right: Mason Hudler, Corrado Owens-Best, Michel Bose Crus, Christopher Hill Credit: Charles County Public Schools

The top 24 teams in the state will advance to the state competition on Feb. 26 at Hereford Middle School in Monkton. Seven of the 24 teams participating in the state competition are Charles County Public Schools teams. These teams are:

  • Lucky Duckies, Piccowaxen Middle School;
  • Power Bots, Piccowaxen;
  • CPU’s, John Hanson Middle School;
  • Golden Robotics, Hanson;
  • Vexy Maniacs, Hanson;
  • This Team, Milton M. Somers Middle School; and
  • That Team, Somers.

Teams were also given awards based on their performance during the event.

The Lucky Duckies team of Piccowaxen Middle School received the Excellence Award and was one of two teams named the tournament champions. The Excellence Award is given to the top all-around team in the competition and qualifies the team for the event region championship. The tournament champions are the first-place finals match alliance. This Team of Somers also received the Tournament Champions Award.

CCPS students compete in the 2022 VEX Robotics Southern Maryland Showdown. Credit: Charles County Public Schools

The Trebuchets of General Smallwood Middle School and Zip Ties and a Prayer received the Tournament Finalist Award. The tournament finalist is given to the second-place finals match alliance. The PowerBots of Piccowaxen received the Robot Skills Champion Award and the Design Award. The Robot Skills Champion Award is given to the team with the highest combined

top Programming and top Driving Skills Challenge score. The Design Award is given to the team with the most effective and efficient robot design process.

The Trebuchets of General Smallwood received the Judge’s Award. The Judge’s Award is given to the team deserving recognition from judges for special accomplishments. This Team of Somers received the Create Award. The Create Award is given to the team with a creative engineering solution. The Alluminators of North Point received the Think Award. The Think Award is given to the team with impressive and effective autonomous programming.

That Team of Somers and CPUs of Hanson received the Sportsmanship Award. The Sportsmanship Award is given to the team that demonstrates respect and great enthusiasm.

Awards were given to volunteers and coaches of the participating schools as well. John Hanson received the Volunteer of the Year Award which recognizes the contribution of an event volunteer. The Coach of the Year Award was given to Robert Adamson, a math teacher, at Somers. This award recognizes an outstanding teacher.

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