DERRY — Pinkerton Academy's VEX robotics teams are performing well with several teams headed to world competition in April.
Pinkerton students attended the sixth and final regular season competition in January at Manchester Community College, with the Derry high school represented by five teams competing in a field of 32.
Pinkerton team 241D Team Driven won the tournament while team 241J Team Juggernaut took the runner-up crown.
Both teams qualified for regional competition held Feb. 15, also in Manchester, with 40 teams from several teams competing to qualify for the Vex world competition in Louisville, KY in April, where 550 high school teams from more than 42 countries will bring their best robotics to be tested.
Eight Pinkerton teams won slots to attend the regional event, with six making it to the quarterfinals and three heading to semi-final competition. Two teams won awards — 241A Absolute Zero was tournament champion and also won the Design Award, qualifying the team for world competition. Team 241C Chaos won the judges award but fell short of world competition status. Team 241E Eclipse did qualify for the world event.
This is the fifth time in the past six years Pinkerton teams have qualified for Vex robotics world competition.