Milford Junior High Robotics Rocks!

Posted on: February 23, 2016

At the February Board of Education meeting, Milford Junior High School teachers, Josh Haney and Mike Ulrich, and their students in the MJHS Robotics Club spoke about their program. They also gave a demonstration of their robots, which had tremendous success in recent area competitions.

Teams of students have spent between 80-100 hours on designing, building, programming, and testing each robot. Through the Gateway to Engineering program, students at the junior high school have the option to take a design and modeling class, as well as, an automation and robotics class. They also have the option to participate in the robotics club after school.  These pre-engineering program offerings are continued at the high school through Project Lead the Way.

“It is so critical to engage students at the Junior High level in these STEM activities.  I’m blown away by how well the teams have achieved at competitions with high school teams throughout the area.  I appreciate the endless hours Mr. Haney and Mr. Ulrich have spent with our students – it is making a positive difference for these innovators of the future,” Milford Superintendent, Dr. Farrell said.

Our Milford Junior High School robotics students competed against high school students in two different competitions so far this year and they have excelled! In the Southwest Ohio Great Oaks VEX Competition tournament, two teams went to the semi-finals while a third team went to the finals! In the Thomas More Invitational, two teams lost in the quarterfinals round while one team was defeated in the semi-final round. In the skills competition, one team finished first in driver's and one team finished 3rd in autonomous.

All three teams have qualified for the Ohio Middle School Vex Competition on March 4, 2016 in Marion, Ohio.