Panther Robotics High School Team PigPen (Zach Phelps, Humza Raza, Olivia Weymuth, David Bender) won the CREATE US Open Tournament this past weekend. This tournament hosted nearly 400 teams from Canada, China and the United States. In total, PigPen came away with four awards, including the prestigious Excellence Award, considered the highest award in VEX Robotics. They made it look easy, but behind the scenes there are countless hours of robot building, rebuilding, testing, programming, and (of course) LOTS of practice.
Team PigPen was joined in Iowa by two other Park Tudor teams, Vector Shock (High School) and Cobra Kai (Middle School). In true Park Tudor fashion, Vector Shock and Cobra Kai had a great tournament; Vector Shock advanced to quarterfinals, and Cobra Kai advanced to semifinals.
In March, PigPen, Aftershock (Ellis Lacy, Matthew Bender, Alec Umlauf), Vector Shock (Austin Sims, Joseph Rankin), Cobra Kai (Leo Shaw, Daniel de Dios, Ibrahim Mohsin) and Stink Eye (Taban Kahre, Catherine Niculescu, Darena Garraway, Yash Dandamudi, Gabe Markey) competed against 56 other middle school and high school teams. PigPen walked away with top honors and the title of State Champion. PigPen, Aftershock, and Vector Shock also won the opportunity to compete at the VEX World Championships, April 26-28 in Louisville, KY. Best of luck to all!