NOVA’s Robotics Team 1 qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship scheduled for April in Anaheim, Calif., by winning a tournament at the College of Southern Maryland on February 7.
NOVA Robotics is based at the Woodbridge Campus, but is open to all NOVA students. Aleksander Marthinussen, regional coordinator for SySTEMic Solutions, serves as one of the club’s advisors.
“Our goal is to encourage NOVA students to pursue careers in engineering and computer science, and competitions like this help get students excited about opportunities in those fields,” Marthinussen said. “Our teams welcome students who have robotics experience and those who want to learn more.”
During a recent state championship in Richmond, Va., several team members volunteered as judges and referees.
“I’m proud that community outreach plays a large part in our club,” Marthinussen said. “Our members regularly volunteer at local schools, competitions and even NOVA events.”
Watch the NOVA Robotics team in action on March 14, when the club will host a practice scrimmage to prepare for the VEX Robotics World Competition. Teams from the College of Southern Maryland and other universities have been invited to participate. The four-hour scrimmage begins at 10:00 a.m. in the old cafeteria at the Woodbridge Campus.