Heights High robotics teams place first and second
Heights High teams won first and second place at the April 28 regional Battle Bot Robotics competition at Lakeland Community College, in which 20 high school teams from Northeast Ohio competed.
This year Heights High fielded two teams; Team Black placed first and Team Gold placed second.
Team Black defeated Beaumont School in the semifinals—an upset that set the stage for Heights High’s Team Gold to vie with Team Black for first place. Beaumont took third place.
“Beaumont was a tough team to beat, as always, they are well prepared and have great design,” said Heights High Robotics coach Greg Nachman.
Each team designed and built a 15-pound remote-controlled robotic device to face off against other bots in a Plexiglas battle cage. The bots all featured a fast spinning weapon and protective armor, and the battles featured sparks and bots flipped high in the air. [See all the Cleveland Heights matches here.https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzoFZNo906zBVUV7ETDHPAmq8ytI4SXn1.]
Last year the single Heights High team placed third at the event. “We learned from last year’s design issues and made improvements,” said Nachman. “It also helped to have supportive sponsors who were important teachers, providing technical expertise and material support.”
“We nearly doubled the size of our club, added another team and sponsor,” continued Nachman. “I was especially proud of how [each] team worked together to design and build two really good bots.”
Black Team members are: Jaden Bellar, William Benham, James Birdsell, Patrick Dooner, Alex Grim, Gabriel Gosselin, Kihyale Hayes, Daymonique Judge, Kyle Mattox, Eric McCallum, River Meesig, Sam Mitchell, William Rosenberg and Ramon Wimbley.
Gold Team members are: Graeme Alcorn, Lawrence Amerson, Ryan Andrews, Jaylen Bellar, Shawn Crawford, Henry French, Grant Gober, Jazzy Gold, Greyton Manne, Macy Smith, Emma Vail and Niroshun Weerakkody.
Among the teams’ corporate sponsors is Cleveland Heights-based Nottingham Spirk, whose team members helped the students with design, engineering and manufacturing.
The two Heights High teams competed at Nationals, May 18 and 19, and placed fifth and 13th.
Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.