St. Thomas robotics team competes at ‘Net’ event _lowres

Photo provided by Michelle Chauvin -- St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School Robotics Team members attending the ‘Nothing But Net’ VEX Robotics Competition at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans on Nov. 14 include, front from left, Kenny Mayeaux, Jacob Anthon and Hunter Dupre; and back, Lochlann Werling, Andrew Loyacano, Christopher Threeton, Nicholas Hudspeth, Jude Vitrano, Alex Wisecarver and Clayton Ourso.

The Robotics Team at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School in Hammond competed Nov. 14 in the “Nothing But Net” VEX Robotics Competition at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans, presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation.

St. Thomas Aquinas defeated teams from St. Paul’s, St. Michael’s of Baton Rouge, Lee High STEM, Hancock County, Lusher Charter School, Madison High and Central Lafourche. The team was defeated in the final round by host school Holy Cross.

Students attending the competition were freshmen Kenny Mayeaux and Andrew Loyacano; sophomores Jacob Anthon, Lochlann Werling, Nicholas Hudspeth, Jude Vitrano and Alex Wisecarver; juniors Christopher Threeton and Clayton Ourso; and senior Hunter Dupre.

Teams of students design and build a robot to play against other teams locally, regionally, nationally and, eventually, from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge, a news release said.

Vitrano designed the robot — created to place balls into a goal via a claw — which was built by members of the robotics II class and controlled by Hudspeth at the competition.

The robot also was disassembled during the competition several times to improve efficiency and accuracy. By the final round, the claw had been removed, and the robot was able to simply push the balls across the goal line, the release said.