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Robotics in Columbiana County

Ethan Davis and Hannah Heath of Columbiana react when their robot flipped over attempting to perform one of the tasks. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Members of the Columbiana team, (from left) Jarod Bates, Tyler Alexander and Ryan Dattilio, compete during the tournament. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Columbiana’s robot is driven by Chloe Gill (front left) competing with teammates (from left) Ben Bucholtz, Tyler Witherstine and Ryan Kamperman. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Tyler Witherstine points directions for teammate Ben Bucholtz on the Columbiana team. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Tyler Alexander reacts and points directions for his teammate driving the robot. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Tyler Alexander reacts and points directions for his teammate driving the robot. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Members of the Crestview team, (from left) Blaine McCurdy, Jadon Chidester, Ben Cook and Tyler Rupert, prepare for the upcoming round. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Ben Cook points directions for teammate Blaine McCurdy, who was controlling the robot, while teammate Jadon Chidester watches. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Cole Rutledge of the East Palestine team points directions to teammate Matt Garcia. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Taylor Bycroft (right) watches while teammate Mary Bowser controls their robot. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Colton Thompson (left) and Ryan Peterson competed together for East Palestine. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Cole Rutledge of the East Palestine team points directions to teammate Matt Garcia. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
The VEX robots built by the students gain points by lifting blocks and place them into containers. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
One of the robots knocks over a stack of piled up blocks. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
The VEX robots built by the students gain points by lifting blocks and place them into containers. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Gavin Whitman points suggestions to the robot controller Katie VanZant of Wellsville. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Daniel Cevelin (left) gets ready to place a block while Wellsville teammate Connor Ramsey controls the robot. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
Daniel Cevelin (right) discusses strategy while Connor Ramsey places a block on top of two other blocks to form a stack during the competition. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

The first of three VEX Robot Education and Competition qualifiers was held Tuesday evening at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center with four of the county’s 10 high school teams participating. The next two qualifiers will be in January and each team should participate in two of the three qualifiers, according to Jeff Gill, who is leading the Project Inspire robotics events. An elimination tournament is scheduled for Feb. 15 and the top teams in the county can qualify for a spot in the state competition.

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