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Carroll homeschoolers earn spot in robotic VEX World Championships

Members of team Synobotz, from left, Nolan Hintze of Manchester, Chris Scott of Westminster and William Hoke of Manchester, earned a spot in the VEX World Championships, a robotics competition, to be held in April in Kentucky.
Members of team Synobotz, from left, Nolan Hintze of Manchester, Chris Scott of Westminster and William Hoke of Manchester, earned a spot in the VEX World Championships, a robotics competition, to be held in April in Kentucky. (Handout)

A team of homeschooled students from Carroll County captured a state title at the recent high school level VEX Robotics High School Championship, hosted at Dundalk High School in Baltimore County.

The win propels the team to the VEX World Championships, to be held in April in Louisville, Ky.

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The team, Synobotz, includes Nolan Hintze and William Hoke, both of Manchester, and Chris Scott of Westminster. The team is organized as Carroll Educational Robotics, and competes in several tournaments throughout the year. The team is mentored by Stan Scott.

In addition to earning a state title at the Feb. 24 event, the squad also received the Excellence Award, the highest robotics award given to the top all-around team.

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The Carroll County squad was part of a field of some 60 teams from all over the state at the competition.

VEX Robotics is presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. Through the contest, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge.

Robots are programmed to be controlled by a “driver,” and for autonomous functions.

The competition is designed to give students in engineering design, system engineering, computer-aided design, programming, problem solving and teamwork.

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