Vaughn College’s robotics team won first place in the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) VEX U Robotics Regional Qualifier Championship Tournament on Friday, February 6, 2015. Vaughn College won six of its seven matches during the prequalification competition and remained undefeated through the quarterfinals, semifinal and finals, to finish in first place and receive the tournament championship. Vaughn’s team also received the best programming award and has now been qualified to participate in the 2015 VEX U World Robotics Championship that will take place April 15 through April 18, 2015 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This intense four-day annual robotics-engineering tournament will attract more than 800 teams and 15,000 students from over 25 countries to celebrate their accomplishments and further inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Vaughn’s team was a VEX U finalist in 2014.

A total of eight colleges and universities participated in the VEX U Robotics Regional Qualifier Championship Tournament. These included: Virginia Tech (TEK), University of Maryland (RR), Old Dominion University (ODU), Northern Virginia Community College at Manassas (NOVA1), Vaughn College (VCAT), Northern Virginia Community College at Loudoun (NOVA2), College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and the Utah State University Eastern Blanding (USUE).
Six members of the robotics club (Jefferson Maldonado ‘16, Alex Uquillas ‘17, Terry Cetoute ‘16, Kent Ogisu ‘16, and Wasif Iqbal ‘17) represented Vaughn at this competition.