Ms. Tammy Vaught, our new mentor/coach for Spring Valley's VEX Robotics Teams 120E and 120V, brought her field to the school for the teams to use as a practice field. Ms. Vaught was the mentor/coach for Sumter High School's VEX Robotics Teams last year and for Whale Branch Early College High School's teams before that. She has joined the Spring Valley faculty in the CATE Department, teaching Exploring Computer Science and Animation.
CATE Engineering teacher Dr. Michael Rodgers, who served as the mentor/coach for 120E the past two years, will assist Ms. Vaught with the teams this year. He helped them set up the practice field on Monday 9/26 in the engineering room. The teams are working hard on their designs for this year's new competition, VEX Starstruck. In each match, the red and blue teams will send stars and cubes back and forth over the fence. There's a lot more to it, but, basically, whichever side has the fewest game pieces on their side at the end of the match wins.
Spring Valley's first competition of the year will be the Cougar Challenge at Lady's Island Middle School in Beaufort on 10/29. Spring Valley also plans to compete in the CATS Midlands Qualifier at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in Chapin on 12/3. And Spring Valley will be hosting two VEX Robotics competitions, the Viking Hammer Qualifier on 11/12 and the Viking Gauntlet Challenge on 2/4. This will be a very exciting year for robotics at Spring Valley.