Two robots built and controlled by the Apex Middle School robotics team emerged from the VEX Robotics Mid-Atlantic Championship ranked third and fourth.
In VEX competitions, students work in teams to build robots from a kit and then run them through challenges and skills contests to earn points in competition.
The Apex Middle robotics team members are sixth-graders Caitlin Allen, T.J. Settle, Daniel Spiesman, Drew Williams, Adrienne Lambert, Daniel Collins and Ethan Krasznai; seventh-graders Josh Spiesman, Mohsin Haider, Ben Layko and J.D. Hoggard; and eighth-graders Robert Reid, Khalif Muhammad, Alex Settle and Bruce Hodges. The team is coached by Dave Cook, Tom Settle and Mike Hodges and was sponsored by EMC.
Earlier, Apex Middle team robots earned first, second and fourth place at the Southeastern TSA-VEX Championship in Chapel Hill. For the playoffs of that competition, the highest-scored teams partnered with teams from other schools. Apex Middle shared its first-place win with Moore Square Middle School, second place with Panther Creek High School and fourth place with ViaRobotics.