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Middle School Of Plainville Robotics Program Wins State Competition For Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, teams from the Middle School of Plainville have won the State VEX IQ Competition recently held at the CREC Aerospace Academy in Windsor, Connecticut. The teams competed in 5 areas: programming skills, driver skills, teamwork challenge, a STEM research project, and an engineering notebook. MSP Team Brain Bots, Chris Brojek and Nate Masco, earned the coveted state championship Excellence Award scoring high in all five areas of the competition. In addition to the Excellence Award, MSP Brain Bots also won the Driver Skills Award, with the highest combined scores in both the Programming component and the Driver Skills component.

Only 10 of the 48 competing teams advance to the final round at the State Championship. The Teamwork Challenge award is earned during this round by the two teams that together scored the highest amount of points. The Brain Bots also earned this award along with MSP Salt Crew members Nick Grabowski, Jon Marfia, Jacob Molloy, and Mitchell Williams.

Both MSP teams are now qualified to attend the World VEX IQ Competition which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky this month.

Chris Brojek commented, "The MSP Robotics program has been a great opportunity to learn about robotics and engineering." Nate Masco added, "We have enjoyed going to many competitions over the past three years and we are thrilled to be able to compete at the World level. Thank you to Ms. Westfall and Mrs. Schwartz for being our coaches."

The MSP Robotics program started three years ago with three teams, one coach, eight students, and a grant from the Petit Family Foundation. The program has grown to the point where the Middle School has added an assistant coach and a training program to accommodate the high numbers of students. Over 60 students have participated in some level of robotics through the VEX IQ program this year at the Middle School. Students in the Varsity level teams travel to competitions throughout the state while students in the Junior Varsity teams learn to build and program robots while building their problem solving, teamwork, and leadership skills.

The Robotics program advisors are Middle School faculty members Camille Westfall and Laurel Schwartz. Westfall was also named the "Volunteer of the Year" for the VEX IQ state competition.

"Ms. Westfall, Mrs. Schwartz and the VEX students are incredibly dedicated and passionate about this program. They work hard, using their free time on evenings and weekends. It is wonderful to see them be recognized with these awards," noted Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.

-Posted on April 6, 2017 at 10:21 AM


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