DERRY — Pinkerton Academy's VEX robotics team is fresh off a trip to the West Coast to show off their technical skills.
The team attended the 2012 VEX World Championship event in Anaheim, Calif. taking on teams from all over the world in contests of skill and robotic talent.
Twelve students and adult advisors made the trip west. A total of 600 teams were represented at the competition.
Pinkerton ended up scoring in the top 20 percent.
Students taking part in the VEX robotics challenges build a robot that must go on to complete various challenges and tasks.
Pinkerton senior Victoria Rind said being on the robotics team was a challenge for her. In her first year on the team, it was something that interested her as she plans her future after high school.
"I wanted to explore different things," she said.
Teammate Angeliek Devine, a freshman, said robotics was a good way to study for a future as an engineer.
Team members who made the trip to California in addition to Rind and Devine were Josh Moser, Sam Davis, Michael Locke, Sam Vayens, Lola Wallace, Beatrice Coffman, Teddy Coffman and Tucker Wallace.
Advisors were Peg and Joe Cunningham.
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