Viera robotics team wins state, heads to Super South Regionals


Members of Viera High's PINK Alliance robotics team pose after winning their state championship competition. The team beat out 37 other competitors with a winning margin of more than 200 points.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of David Formanek

They didn’t just beat the competition.

They crushed them.

Viera High’s PINK Alliance Robotics team outscored a field of 37 competitors by more than 200 points at the state tournament in Jacksonville last month and is headed to Athens, Ga. for the Super South Regional from March 8 to 10.

A victory there would send the team to the world championships in Houston in April.

Using a robot they designed and named Overkill, the students took part in a First Tech Challenge competition called Relic Recovery.

“Basically, the purpose of the game was to grab cubes and score them in (these) side boxes, and then also pick up the relics and place them outside the field on different scoring pads, right side up if you could,” Viera High senior and team captain Derek Perdomo told the Viera Voice earlier.

“The last part was also to be able to scan a picture on the wall and be able to interpret that picture to decide which of the boxes to score in.”

The PINK Alliance is made up of students from Viera High and four other schools.

Members of the team from Viera include: Perdomo; Logan Bautista-Leaf; Daniel Del Valle; Jacob Hart; Zachary Lannon; Brianna Loughran; Hanna Radcliffe; Kai Rodriguez; Brooks Silber; Isaiah Tadrous; Jordan Tsigas and Liana Villafuerte.

The rest of the team is made up from students from Cocoa Beach (Jace Childs; Ian Cook; Chris Douglass; Aiden Fleming and Aden Widerman), Melbourne Central Catholic (Nathan Snyder), Rockledge (Sean King; Jose Malave; Troy Patrick; Tyrese Patrick; Ari Singleton; Jessie Traver) and Space Coast (Jakob Anderson, Ryan Hutchison and Matthew Quinlan).

“Our kids and the robot blew away the competition,” faculty advisor David Formanek wrote in an email. “I’m incredibly proud of our talented, hardworking mentors and students.

“They deserve every bit of this accomplishment.”