Middle School Of Plainville Robotics Teams Successful At State Competition
The Middle School of Plainville's VEX IQ Robotics Teams, together with 30 additional teams from across the state, competed in the CT VEX IQ State Championship held at the CREC Aerospace Magnet School in Windsor, Connecticut on March 12th, according to Middle School faculty member and advisor Camille Westfall. The Middle School of Plainville's teams once again earned big wins at the competition where two of the school's nine VEX teams won the opportunity to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championships, on April 20-23, in Louisville, Kentucky. The Middle School's team Wheels Don't Roll, consisting of Ella Schwartz, Travis Lavigne, and Aidan Minervini, and team IceBreakers, Alicia Quirion, Ellie Keegan, and Kori Jones, will compete against teams from around the world including China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and many additional destinations from across the globe.
Middle School team Bubba Swag, Isaac Cater and Tomasso Ettorre, won second place in the Robot Skills category. According to Tomasso, "We would take our robot home to work on it because we really wanted to do well and our hard work paid off!"
The Wheels Don't Roll team also won the "Excellence Award," presented to the best overall team. This team also won awards in Driving Skills, Programming Skills, STEM Research Project, and Design. Travis Lavigne, one of the team members said, "The work was hard, but the experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and that was the best part." According to Travis' mother, Julie Lavigne, "When Travis started building his robot it took him a week, then as his skills improved it became just a couple of days. It was amazing to watch the transformation. I also feel that learning to communicate with the judges about their research project and with other teams about strategizing gave them valuable skills that they will be able to use in high school and in the future."
In the VEX IQ Robotics Competitions, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.
According to Westfall, "MSP was able to start this robotics program at our school last year after receiving a generous grant from the Petit Family Foundation. Our program has grown exponentially and I am so proud of every MSP VEX IQ member! I look forward to many more years of robotics."
"We are very proud of our Robotics Program. It emphasizes team work and problem solving and it certainly may lead to a career in science, technology, or engineering; and it's fun!" noted Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.
-Posted on April 1, 2016 at 11:30 AM
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