High school team takes home rare award for design of robot, quality of engineering

COURTESY PHOTO: SANDY VEX ROBOTICS TEAM - The high school team — 1460K — won the Design Award in the Engineering Division at the 2022 VEX World Championship. The Sandy VEX Robotics Team is home from the 2022 VEX World Championship in Dallas, Texas, and they brought some new hardware back with them.

The high school team — 1460K — won the Design Award in the Engineering Division.

"Out of 800 teams at the event they gave out 10 of these awards," said coach Aron Eslinger. "They are given to teams with top engineering notebooks explaining their design choices, strategies for game play and entire blueprints on how to build the robot. The team must also be a strong competitor in game play and skills challenges. The team also went through four interviews for this award."

The middle school team, 1460T, "had some tough matches, worked hard to make adjustments, and learned a lot in four days," Eslinger said.

"They will be a tough contender next year," she added.

The teams who competed in the World Championship from Sandy were:

Team 1460K:

  • Ava Barker
  • Jeshua Milbandt
  • Lindsey Shupe
  • Madison Littlejohn
  • Zander Ortega
  • Team 1460T:

  • Alex Eslinger
  • Lincoln Farnsworth
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    "For the high schoolers, worlds includes 800 of the best teams," Eslinger said in a previous interview, adding that teams come from 24 different countries and account for about 15,000 kids. "It's just amazing kids with amazing robots. The competition is like nothing the kids see anywhere else. It's a great atmosphere; nothing in athletics compares to it."

    The Sandy Robotics team would like to thank the following businesses and community members who donated to help the teams attend the championships:

  • Operating Engineers Local 701
  • EverFresh
  • Mutual Materials
  • MicroChip
  • Cochran
  • Gravy Ink
  • Nuts on Sports
  • Sherpa
  • "Thanks to everyone who donated at (our) pizza fundraiser (at Nuts on Sports), everyone who sent in checks, and all the good luck wishes," Eslinger said in a post on Facebook on April 28. "It is very much appreciated."

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