For Immediate Release:  December 19, 2012



PALM BAY, FLA. Palm Bay High School’s PiraTech Robotics teams participated in the second annual Central Florida VEX Qualifier Robotics Competitions held in Leesburg, Fla. on December 15. Team 508P comprised of Palm Bay High engineering students Nick Peters, Brian Guettler, Sandy Le and Troy St. Louis-  won  the top (highest honor) Excellence in Engineering Award which was the only award at the event to qualify for the National (in Omaha, NE) and World Championships (in Anaheim Ca).   This prestigious award is for robotic design, autonomous control, engineering drawings, engineering notebook, their competitiveness in qualification (2nd of 40 teams) and finals rounds, and how they presented themselves being judged by engineers in a formal interview and presentation.

Team 508Z  members, Cody Jones, Bree Crisafulli and Jashal Patel,  won the VEX Build award for a robust robotic design of their holonomic drive system, which ran virtually flawless  and was a high scoring robot  in the qualification matches.   They ranked 6 of 40 teams and into the finals rounds.

The three Palm Bay robots competing ran in a total of approximately 30-two minute rounds, with a 15 second autonomous, with all three robots performing in each match nearly perfectly with 10 motors on each robot, missing no matches.

The teams wish to send special thanks to their sponsors (Harris Corp, AT&T, The Able Trust, Northrop Grumman, Advanced Magnetic Labs, Health FIRST, Brevard Schools and Gov’t Connections) and the mentors who help practice with students their presentations, teach programming, design, help tweak their robots, drive to events, and chaperone in hotels.

On January 26, Palm Bay hosts the third PiraTech Space Coast VEX Robotics Showdown which includes 30 plus teams from all over Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Palm Bay will have five robots competing in this event.

The teams are in the process of fundraising to support attendance at two events in Feb. in Tampa, March competitions in Orlando, Nebraska and the French National in Lyno, France during the Innorobo EU Conference (, as well as a competition in April in Anaheim, CA.

            For more information, please contact Matt Conroy at 321-952-5900 or