The Vaughn College robotics team reclaimed their position as one of the top competitors as part of the 2019 Torneo Internacional de Robótica del Instituto de la Juventud in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in December. Seven members of the VCAT team represented Vaughn at the competition: Jason Becker ’20, Atif Saeed ’20, John Sutera ’23, Joseph Crowley ’23, Maharshi Patel ’22, Tim Tullio ’21 and Kevin Tsang ’23. The team participated in the signature VEX-Reeduca challenge.
On Friday, December 13, the team competed against four Mexican robotics teams successfully winning all four matches. On Saturday, December 14, they won two out of the three qualifying matches making it a total win of six matches out of seven. In a close match, the team lost to the Universidad Tecnológica de Matamoros. However, Team VCAT finished second place overall in the competition and won the Build Award of the international robotics competition.
In order to receive the Build Award, a team must construct a robot that is of high quality, robust, clean and demonstrates effective use of materials. The robot must efficiently use mechanical and electrical components and should demonstrate a clear dedication to safety and reliability.
For the past five years, Vaughn’s robotics team have led the competition with first place in 2015, 2016, 2017 and second place in 2018 and 2019.