CVU engineering teams excel at UVM TASC Competition

(L-R) Thomas Stevens, Steven Roberts, Charlie Maitland, Forrest Hamilton, Russell Fox, Ewan McNeil, Jack Dilley, Dan Isreal-Meyers, Ben Fox, Wesley McEntee, Noah Allen, Will Colomb, Ben Langdon, Matt Beer, Ben Ogle, Noah Mintz-Roberts, Tyler VanDyk, John Thrailkill, and teacher Olaf Verdonk (in front).

(L-R) Thomas Stevens, Steven Roberts, Charlie Maitland, Forrest Hamilton, Russell Fox, Ewan McNeil, Jack Dilley, Dan Isreal-Meyers, Ben Fox, Wesley McEntee, Noah Allen, Will Colomb, Ben Langdon, Matt Beer, Ben Ogle, Noah Mintz-Roberts, Tyler VanDyk, John Thrailkill, and teacher Olaf Verdonk (in front).

In December, 18 Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School students from the Design TASC Engineering class competed in the annual UVM Engineering TASC Competition.

Working in three separate teams, CVU hauled home 10 awards in seven categories, competing against 45 other engineering teams from local schools. The students designed and built robots able to carry predominantly foam blocks through an obstacle course. Each team did a computational analysis on the scoring formula and determined a game strategy based on the easiest way to score the greatest amount of points. The engineering students racked up an impressive amount of awards in every category:

Best Overall: 1st place
Engineering Presentation: 1st and 3rd place
Honorable Mention Top Calculated Score: 1st place
Most Game Pieces Scored: 3rd place
Testing & Documentation: 1st and 3rd place
Most cargo to farthest target: 1st place
Playoff Award: 1st place

Any students interested in Engineering should contact Olaf Verdonk, teacher of Design TASC Engineering, and look to sign up for Design and Engineering Technology courses offered at CVU.

CVU students involved:
RedHawk Chili Peppers (RHCP): Charlie Maitland, Ben Langdon, Russell Fox, Thomas Stevens, Matt Beer, and Steven Roberts;
RoboKnights: Noah Mintz-Roberts, Tyler VanDyk, Wesley McEntee, Jack Dilley, Dan Isreal-Meyers, and Ben Ogle.
Error 404 Team Name Not Found: Will Colomb, Noah Allen, Forrest Hamilton, Ben Fox, John Thrailkill, and Ewan McNeil.

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