TMSA Cyber-Tigers Made an Excellent Start in Their First Year

TMSA's Robotics Teams - the Cyber Tigers - competed on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, in Walkertown, NC and brought back two trophies. Members of both the 4th & 5th grade team and the 6th & 7th grade team worked very hard this fall, and especially the past couple of weeks, preparing for this regional tournament. Both teams represented TMSA well despite the challenges of their first year.


This year's theme was "Nature's Fury," and each team had to construct and program a robot that could perform a variety of tasks on a competition board representing the aftermath of a natural disaster. The tasks included rescuing people and pets, moving an ambulance and truck to a desired location, and keeping a runway clear for a cargo plane to land with relief materials. Each team also had to work on a project including a model and a skit showing how they would provide some form of preparation, response, or recovery from a natural disaster.
In the afternoon each team competed in three timed rounds in front of a referee. There were a total of 22 teams at the regional tournament, and with five or six teams competing at once during each heat the gym was full of excitement. The students who participated in the Cyber-Tigers team were Nitin Chinthapalli, Quinn Groves, Aryan Kokkanti, Aiden Rahaim, Urvi Maitra, Kashi Tumbapura, Anish Toomu, Sebastian Burke, Aryan Das, Tau Kennebrew, Zachary Habchy, Neil Muglurmath, Aneesh Sreedhara, Ethan Kim, Afif Rahman, Bram Lovelace, Abdelrahman Elsayed and Mustafa Mohamed.
Finally, at the awards ceremony, it was announced that the 6th & 7th grade team of Cyber Tigers won two trophies, taking 2nd place in Robot Design and 1st place in Robot Performance. They also qualified to compete at the state tournament, which will take place on Saturday, January 11th, in Greensboro.

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