Vaughn Hosts VRC Tournament
The Vaughn College Robotics Club hosted more than 20 high school teams from surrounding counties for the seventh annual VRC robotics tournament on Saturday, December 11.
The event provided high school students with the opportunity to showcase their design skills through project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills through the process of designing and building robots for competition.
Organizing and hosting these events allows club members to not only be mentors to other participants but to also be fully immersed in the preparation and planning of large events that assist in developing the leadership and organizational skills necessary for a successful career trajectory.
KG CompuTech’s team, Overclock, from Flushing, New York was awarded the Excellence award distinction. Team Overclock is mentored by Vaughn alumnus and adjunct professor Ryan Tang ’17 who received a bachelor’s degree in mechatronic engineering and was active in both the robotics and unmanned aerial vehicle clubs while at the College. Ultimately, two teams were awarded as tournament champions. Centereach High School’s team, Centereach CouGears, from Centereach, New York, along with The Hewitt Schools’s team, Hewitt Robotics, from Manhattan.
Faculty Adviser and Engineering and Technology Department Chair Dr. Hossein Rahemi, was on-site for the events and aided the teams during the matches. “It is a great experience to see students not only utilize their STEM skills but further develop life-long teamwork, leadership and communication skills,” commented Rahemi.