omox Valley has the distinction of achieving excellence in robotics and have proven once again to be among the best on the world stage.

Three local teams represented Comox Valley Schools at the 2021 VEX Competitive Robotics World
Championships May 16 to 22, which were virtually hosted from the REC Foundation’s headquarters in
Greenville Texas.

Due to the current global pandemic, robotics teams were faced with the additional challenge of having to
collaborate and compete in relative isolation using web-based technologies to bridge the resulting gaps and compete on-line remotely. And, as a result, the championship competition qualified for the Guinness World Book of Records as the largest on-line competition of its kind.

Finalists from the over 12,200 registered teams vied for World supremacy in the field of VEX robotics.
Overall, teams representing Canada earned 6 of the top 10 positions at the World’s LRS competition,
establishing Canada as a dominant force in the field of competitive robotics and STEM education.

The 2021 game challenge Change Up was loosely based on Tic-Tac-Toe, where teams attempted to take
ownership of a 3 x 3 grid of nine goal towers by depositing red balls in the top and de-scoring blue balls from the bottom.

Navigators team 7842B comprised of Theo Lemay and Sawyer scored a perfect driver mode and autonomous runs for a maximum possible score of 252 in the Live Remote Skills (LRS) competition. Their results earned them first place for much of the competition, however, on the second day of competition they were unseated, thus finishing in fifth place in their division and 6th overall in the world standings.

In the middle-school division, first time competitors Nicholas Horel, Andrew Phillips and Logan McCoy,
competed on Team 7842M in the LRS competition scoring 81 points in driver mode and 52 points in
autonomous mode for a very respectable total of 133 points. Results landed the team in 36th place in their division and 50th in the over-all world ranking.

All three of team combined to make up Team 7842 were also recognized by the judges as having one of the best staged video productions in the World competition, earning them an additional 15 points.

Comox Valley Schools extends a gratitude to the hosts of the 2021 Vex Robotics World Games and
congratulations to our 7842 team members and the supporting volunteers who helped make this unique and extremely challenging season such a memorable success.

Congratulations and best wishes also goes to our senior team members; Zane Henderson, Joel Saunders, Sawyer McClellan and Theo Lemay who are graduating this year.

Mary Lee

Manager of Communications, Comox Valley Schools (School District 71)