Benton Robotics Team
Coach: Karen Cinnamon 
The BentonBots: VEX Robotics Team 1231

Welcome to the  Robotics Team

The Benton Robotics team is a very popular competition based extracurricular activity. Students will work in small teams to design, build and program a robot using the VEX Robotics platform to compete in tournaments against other middle and high school teams. Robotics is a sport for the mind; it blends applied physics, mathematics, programming, prototyping and design, integrated problem solving, teamwork and leadership. Students who are successful in robotics must work well under pressure and work well with others.

Students may apply to the Robotics Team only at the beginning of the school year. As with any team, space and resources are extremely limited and the selection process is highly competitive due to the sheer numbers of students who wish to participate. 

Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the
2019-2020 Benton Robotics Team!

6th Grade


7th Grade


8th Grade









Vincent Beale


Orian Ali


Nathaniel Ali

Victor Braday


Namirah Ahmad


Jee Won Davis

Max Deng


Isabella Allen


Joshua Duncan

Abigail Duncan


Carter Clark


Peter Escamilla

Jack Hering


Tyler Clark


Brenden Forrest

Raiqa Kamal


Ryan Hessel


Noah Hildebrand

George Lampros


Nathan Jehle


Jenna Hilliard

Charlie Lasher


Aerin Kim


Abby Mauney

Troy Mauer


Robby Lee


Jacob Maurer

Haley Pardo


Ben Masters


Jenna Meink

Avery Pressley


Leya Nair


Jovanny Rodriguez

Gabriel Sanchez


Sam Sigrest


Ayaan Siddiqui





Max Wahlquist


Practices begin next week on Wednesday September 25th from 3-5pm.
Practices are held every Wednesday and Friday until March!

Application and Tryouts are closed for 2019-2020.

Applications are now available for the 2019-2020 season, please download from the files below or this link:
Robotics Team Application

(If you were on the team last year, please use the Returning Member Application)

Applications are due by 3pm on Friday September 13th!
Students will need to get one teacher or Robotics Coach recommendation, recommendation forms are within the application but also separately in the files below so they can be easily emailed or printed.

Tryouts will take place on Monday September 16th from 3pm-5pm in the Benton Lecture Hall. You must turn in an application on time in order to attend tryouts.

Practices for those selected for the team will begin on Wednesday September 25th.

Robotics is a big commitment, our season lasts at least 7 months! Practices are held from 3-5pm every Wednesday and Friday from September through March. Before you apply make sure you are able to make the necessary commitment to be on the Robotics team.

Recommend you read through the Benton Robotics Information document to learn more about the program

2019-2020 Challenge has been released, Tower Takeover!

Mandatory Reading for all prospective team members, know the game rules before you attend tryouts! (Be familiar with 

What is VEX Robotics? Find out why we love what we do!

Highlights from the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championships!

Highlights from the 2019 VEX Robotics Virginia State Championships!
I spy some familiar faces :-)

NEW Programming Software! VEX Code. No more RobotC!

VEX has released new programming software for 2018 and beyond. Students can download a free copy of the VEX Code from from,
Download VEX Code V5 Text from based on C++ coding language.
This is brand new for all teams. I highly encourage those who program to download a copy and start looking at it before the season begins.

Programmers: Carnegie Mellon is doing a 4 week webinar series to help teams through the transition. Videos will also be posted to youtube for future reference.

Highlights from the 2018-2019 "Turning Point" Season

World Championships
Only 6 Middle School teams from Virginia are invited to compete and Benton was proud to have 2 of these teams!
1231C finished 8th in their 100 team division (with a 9-2 record. They also won the Design award, the 2nd highest judged award!
1231D finished in 15th place in the Robot Skills challenge and finished 8-3 in their division to place 17th in their 94 team division! 
1231C and 1231D

Highlights from the 2017-2018 "In the Zone" Season


World Championships
1231D Competed for the third year in a row representing Benton at the highest level of international competition!

State Championships
5 of our 6 teams qualified. 1231D was Tournament Finalists

Regional Competitions
Tournament Champions(2x), Design Award (2x) 

Congratulation to all the Benton Robotics Teams for an INCREDIBLE YEAR!!

Highlights from the 2016-2017 "Starstruck" Season


World Championships – 3 teams qualified 1231A, 1231D and 1231E
1231A won the Design Award, 1231D won the Create Award!!

Virginia State Championships
Excellence Award, Tournament Champions (3 teams), Energy award, Robot Skills award

Regional Competitions
Tournament Champions (3 times), Excellence award, Design award, Robot Skills award (twice), Judges award

Benton Robotics had several students featured on the CBS Sports national broadcast of the Vex Robotics World Championships!

Highlights from the 2015-2016 Nothing but Net Season

Virginia State Championships

Tournament Champions - 1231A and 1231D - Both teams qualifying for the World Championships!
Design Award - 1231A - Qualified for the World Championships!
Programming Skills award - 1231E
Sportsmanship Award - Awarded to all Benton teams - Go BentonBots!!!

VEX Robotics World Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky
The top robotics teams from around the world gathered for a week of intense competition. The Astrobotz (1231A) and the Dominators (1231D) did an admirable job representing our school, PWCS and Virginia at the World Championships. We brought home two major awards, a first for our program!

1231A won the Design Award
1231D won the Judges Award

We are all so proud of all of you!!


Group Contacts
Coach: Karen Cinnamon

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