MSP Robotics Program Secures Grant to Host VEX IQ State Championships
Posted on 12/11/2019

Middle School of Plainville faculty member and robotics coach, Camille Westfall, is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (REC).  Westfall, along with co-coach and fellow faculty member Laurel Schwartz, have committed to hosting the VEX IQ robotics Connecticut State Championship event at the Middle School of Plainville for the next three years.  The grant will allow them to make improvements to the event, which they hosted last year, and, in the words of one of their students, Valiantsin Kasabrukhau, "make a great day even better!"

The sixth annual Championship will take place at the Middle School on Saturday, March 7, 2020. 70 teams from throughout Connecticut are expected to attend and eight of them will earn the qualifying spots to attend the World VEX event to be held in Louisville, Kentucky. 

  “When I first began the VEX IQ program here at MSP with Laurel Schwartz six years ago, we had no idea the degree to which our robotics program would explode in popularity.  Laurel runs a very successful junior varsity program and she helps me with the varsity robotics teams that travel and compete throughout the state.  It was an honor to host the state championship at our school last year and we are delighted to have won this grant and to have the support of the REC Foundation,” said Westfall.

“It was both an honor and a great deal of fun to host the championship at MSP last year.  I am very excited about making it an even more enjoyable experience this year,” added Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.