Moses Brown Robotics Team Heading to World Championships
Moses Brown School’s Upper School VEX teams (22 students strong) had
an exciting weekend of competition in Worcester, Massachusetts, complete with thrills and
spills, exhilaration and exhaustion, and great camaraderie and spirit. Both MB teams
performed well and demonstrated great skill and tenacity in the regional competition.
In the end, Team Z skillfully piloted their robot to an 8-and-2 record in the qualification
rounds, making it into the semifinals of the elimination rounds, earning an invitation to the
VEX Robotics World Championships this April.
Now MB’s Upper School Robotics team, coached by faculty members Dave Wasser
and Brendan Kinnell, are busy preparing for their trip to Kentucky for the World Finals.
This is the first time MB has advanced to the World Championships, although the team has
made it to the State/Regional Championships for the past three years in a row. While 15
teams from New England qualified for Worlds, MB is the only team from Rhode Island. The
World Championships will take place in Louisville, drawing almost 600 teams from Canada,
China, New Zealand, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Mexico, the UK, Egypt, and
more. MB’s team will depart on April 25th. See more at www.robotevents.com/robotcompetitions/
vex-robotics/competition. Eight students will represent MB: sophomores Kailas
Kahler, Tristan Connell, Melissa Ea, Ethan Kuzneski, Eric Song, Jair Meza, Emilie Lum,
and senior Lyle Tingle, who founded MB’s VEX program as a freshman.
“Our success this year is due to the hard work of students who came in over the summer and
used Saturdays and Sundays to work on their robots,” says Wasser. “We have paid attention
to team-building and working on collaboration and communication skills as well. It is also
definitely related to having the space in the Y-Lab that is accessible to students throughout
the day during their free time.”
Over the next few weeks, the team will tweak the various systems of their robot, optimizing
mechanisms, improving their coding, practicing strategy and driving skills, and honing critical
defensive strategies. They are looking forward to having fun and meeting students from
around the world in Louisville.