FLINT TWP. — For the third outing in a row. two Carman- Ainsworth Middle School teams scored big to win the Championship and other awards at a VEX Robotics tournament on Feb. 4, at Monroe County Community College.
As a result, the two C-A teams — MO’ Peeps and Even MO’ Peeps — are ranked #1 and #2 among all Middle School Vex teams in the state and #1 and #8 among all Middle School Vex teams in the world, according to a press release.
The previously were the champions at VEX tournaments on January 21 at Cranbrook Kingswood Boys Middle School in Bloomfield Hills and on Jan. 28 at the Nissan VEX Qualifier at the Nissan Technical Center North America in Farmington Hills.
In Monroe, the C-A competed among 48 teams (both middle and high school) and were ranked 1 and 3 after the qualification matches. Following their winning formula for their previous two wins, the two teams again formed an alliance as the number 1 team for the elimination matches and came out victorious. Both teams each won a Champion Trophy. In addition, one team took First Place in the Robot Skills Challenge and the other won the Think Award honoring their programming ability.
Both teams will next compete in the State Championship on Feb. 19 at MSU. If they do well there, they will qualify for a world championship bid in April in Kentucky.
Other local schools also competed in the Monroe VEX Tournament. Grand Blanc Middle School entered five teams including one that won the Sportsmanship Award.
The Valley School of Swartz Creek also entered four teams in the tournament. — Rhonda Sanders