Vale robotics students are headed to state championships

A Vale High School robotics student makes a few tweaks on a robot he custom built and programmed for the Vex Robotics Competition held in Vale last week. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

VALE – The Vale High School robotics club went into high gear at the second annual Vex Robotics Competition hosted by the high school Friday, Feb. 8. 

The Vale robotics club competed against 23 teams from five high schools, mostly from Idaho. Vale and Ukiah High Schools were the only Oregon teams.

The Vale team is coached by the high school robotics instructor Jim Schaffeld.

For Friday’s competition, teams had to program their robotics to flip objects, climb, and throw balls at a target, said Vale sophomore George Mendieta of Team 41198A. 

“Our robot is able to expand, and it’s one . . .