Forty-one teams from 19 school districts and two outside school organizations from Long Island, New York City and Katonah, New York, participated in the VEX IQ Robotics Challenge at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School on Feb. 10.

Numerous members of East Rockaway’s staff participated in the event, which was filled with excitement and enthusiasm. The students dealt with mechanical hurdles, programming changes and autonomous challenges throughout the competition. This did not detract from the vitality of fair competition. 

The event had its share of successes and challenges, but all who attended saw the teams actively engaging in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and robotics matches that were spirited and filled with sportsmanship. 

The East Rockaway team, led by Frank Nunez and Devon Herrera, made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Congratulations to all of the East Rockaway students who competed.