Freeport Teams clash with robotic fervor


In a display of technological prowess, nine tech-savvy teams hailing from Freeport High School, J. W. Dodd Middle School, and Caroline G. Atkinson School left a mark on the 9th annual VEX Robotics Competition, hosted by the Freeport School District.

The event took place on Saturday, February 4, 2024, with the setup commencing at 8:30 a.m. The competition unfolded from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The event witnessed fierce competition as more than 30 teams, including representatives from schools and organizations across Long Island and New York City, gathered at Freeport High School’s Gymnasium.

The teams from Freeport High School exhibited their engineering acumen as they went head-to-head with their counterparts, all vying for supremacy in the challenging VEX Robotics Competition. The competition featured robots meticulously crafted by each team to meet the exacting specifications of VEX Robotics Competition’s Over Under game.

A panel of judges, including professionals from Davis Aircraft Products Corp, DeVilbiss Healthcare, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Vaughn College, and others, evaluated the teams based on their robots’ ability to execute intricate maneuvers. The judging process also included interviews with team members.

The Gymnasium buzzed with excitement as the robots, each a testament to innovation and teamwork, navigated the competition arena. Spectators marveled at the technological marvels on display, capturing the moment with photos and videos of the robotic creations.

In the end, the teams of Overclock 16099A and Coast2coast Robotics 62880C ended up winning the competition. Both are private tutoring/after school robotics programs from Flushing and Bayside respectively.

The Freeport High School Gymnasium, located at 50 S. Brookside Ave, Freeport, NY 11520, served as the dynamic backdrop for this celebration of innovation and education. As the day concluded, it was evident that the 9th annual VEX Robotics Competition had not only showcased technological achievements but had also fostered a spirit of camaraderie and learning among the participating students.