The Gloucester-based Twisted Botz VEX robotics teams comprised of home schooled high school students each had good showings at the VEX Robotics World Championships held April 17-20 in Anaheim, Cal.
Twisted Botz team 177 competed in the high school science division and finished qualifying in third place with a 9-1 record. The team became captain of the number three alliance and partnered with teams from Haverford, Penn., and Woodbridge. Alliance three went on to defeat alliance number one in the finals to become champion in the science division.
The science division winners then competed in a round robin tournament with the other four division champions, with the overall champions coming from the technology division.
Team 177 also competed in the robot skill challenge, a robot driving competition, and placed 125th. In addition, the team received Sportsmanship Award for its division, which is presented to a team that has earned the respect and admiration of the volunteers and other teams at the event.
Twisted Botz team 177Z competed in the technology division and, with a 4-6 record, did not advance to the elimination portion of the tournament. The team did place 14th in the programming skill challenge and 52nd in the robot skill challenge.