Holbrook, Blue Ridge and St. Johns schools compete at robotics competition

Holbrook High School robotics students Devin Etsitty, Joshua Kishbaugh and Ambros Jackson practice for the Painted Desert In the Zone — VEX skills Robotics Competion.

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Holbrook High School robotics students Devin Etsitty, Joshua Kishbaugh and Ambros Jackson practice for the Painted Desert In the Zone — VEX skills Robotics Competion.

HOLBROOK, Ariz. —Blue Ridge, Holbrook and St. Johns High Schools participated at the inaugural “Painted Desert In The Zone — VEX Skills Robotics Competition,” at Munoz Gymnasium at Holbrook High School Jan. 13.

VEX Competitions bring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to life by tasking teams of students with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April.

At the “Painted Desert In The Zone — VEX Skills Robotics Competition,” the object of the game was to attain the highest score by navigating robots through an obstacle course consisting of stacking cones on goals, scoring mobile goals in goal zones, accumulating the highest stacks and by parking their robots before a set time expired.

The Holbrook High School robotics program is led by CTE teacher Michael Burks.

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