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Rowlett resident wins robotics competition
The winning Vex Robotics Team, left to right: Ruben Rodriguez, Lakeview High School (from Garland); Dylan Pacetti, Garland High School (from Rowlett); and Justin Matthews, Garland High School (from Sachse).
By Cyndi Matthews
For the second week in a row, Rowlett resident Dylan Pacetti, a member of the Garland High School's Vex robotics team, has beat out the competition.
Garland High's Robotics Team 3795A, also known as "Vex-ation," proved to be just that: a vexation to the other teams competing in Greenville last week and this past Saturday in Garland. More than 55 teams competed each week and Vexation managed to come out on top both times!
Team members are Justin Matthews and Dylan Pacetti from Garland High School and Ruben Rodriguez from Lakeview High School. By winning these two competitions they have qualified to attend the Vex Robotics World's Competition in April, in Anaheim, California. They first formed their team at Austin Academy in Garland while working under the direction and mentorship of Mr. Corey Bankston, the robotics and science teacher at Austin. They have been working together as a team for the past two and a half years and have not only learned computer programming and robotic design skills, but also have formed very strong friendships with each other.
These high school freshmen spent time over the past two summers in GISD's robotics camps and working together at each other's homes on their robotics skills and on their robot. All three were very excited about their competition wins and look forward to going to California in April. Team 3795A, Vexation, is now trying to save their pennies and find ways to gain corporate sponsors and funding to attend the World's Vex Robotics Competition in April.
Team members pictured in photo from left to right:
Ruben Rodriguez - Lakeview High School (from Garland)
Dylan Pacetti - Garland High School (from Rowlett)
Justin Matthews - Garland High School (from Sachse)