OCVTS Students Win Big At Robotics Competition

OCVTS Pre-Engineering students Matt Posemato, from Bayville; Billy Powers from Barnegat; and John Tirpak-Winters from Forked River, proudly show off their championship plaque. (Photo courtesy OCVTS)

OCEAN COUNTY – Ocean County Vocational Technical School engineering students took home a big win at the annual Tech Prep Robotics Competition. Going up against teams of students from six other Ocean County high schools, OCVTS Pre-Engineering Technology students came out on top with the First Place Championship.

The annual Tech Prep Robotics Competition brings students together to design robotic vehicles with materials from standard kits adhering to competition guidelines. Students must construct, program, and control robots to battle in a one-on-one wrestling match.

The Tech Prep (Technical Preparation Initiative) combines academics and hands-on learning with educational opportunity at the high school level.

OCVTS’s Pre-Engineering Technology class entered three teams into the double elimination-style competition. All teams battled their opponents resulting in two OCVTS teams meeting head to head in the semifinals. OCVTS team Mudflap and the Rod Supports was the first place winner. This team consisted on OCVTS students Matt Posemato, Billy Powers and John Tirpak-Winters.

The OCVTS Pre-Engineering Program focuses on the development of mechanical engineering production skills. Through the program, students are exposed to potential career pathways in industrial, mechanical, and electronic engineering, as well as furthering their education beyond the classroom.

For more information on this and other programs, visit ocvts.org.