Sparta High School Sends Two Teams to VEX Robotic Competition
SPARTA, N.J.—March 15, 2013-- On Saturday March 2, Sparta High School sent two robotics teams to a VEX Robotics Competition held at Montville High School. The teams consisted of students enrolled in the high school’s Robotics Engineering program. Students were responsible for designing, building, programming and documenting the entire process leading up to the competition; they entered two robots in the competition.
Out of 31 teams competing, Sparta placed one team in the quarter finals and a second team in the semi-finals. According to Robotics and Engineering teacher Mark Meola, the competition was a great way for Sparta students to experience the demand of creating technology while under the pressure to compete and succeed, a very real dynamic in a technology-driven world.
Both Sparta teams were led by Robotics and Engineering teacher Mark Meola.
The Sparta Education Foundation, a non-profit fundraising organization supporting local public schools, provided $30,000 in grants for the Sparta High School robotics program. The funding was used to purchase the required hardware, software, and supplies to offer both first-level and advanced-level Robotics Engineering courses for students in grades nine through twelve. The Sparta Education Foundation is proud to be able to enhance the educational experience and environment for approximately 1,100 students at Sparta High School.