Twenty-eight Massachusetts middle school teams participated.
Walsh students prepared by designing, building and programming robots from metal parts that would compete in this year’s VRC game “Toss Up."
The goal is for alliances of teams to move balls of differing sizes to point scoring positions.
Alliance teams in the tournament’s final winning match are guaranteed a spot in the New England Regional VRC Toss Up Championships on March 1.
All four WalshBots teams made it to the quarterfinal rounds on Saturday.
At that quarterfinal stage, three team alliances were formed that would compete together for the title of Tournament Champions.
Two of the WalshBot teams moved forward as semifinalist and tournament champions.
Champions: Arjun Ramachandrula and Hamzi Rhadfi, a sixth grade team
Semifinalist: 8th grade team of Kevin Lenzi, Akin Shah, Varun Tekur and Joey Wolpert
- 6th grade team of Yoseph Abdel-Motal, Akshay Dupuguntla and Jon Carlos O’Neil
- 7th & 8th grade team of Bruce Ferreira, Joey Fintonis, James Kalajion and Philip Levey
Framingham High School also participated for the first time at the High School Tournament. Three students on the Framingham High team are former Walsh students, said Walsh Principal Teresa Carney. The Framingham High team "won the programing skills award."