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6th Grade Robotics team heading to World Championships

6th Grade Robotics team heading to World Championships
6th Grade Robotics team heading to World Championships

The Friends Academy 6th grade Robotics team (Team 1876), comprised of Tobey and Rigel Mummers and Nell Kurita, is on their way to the VEX World Championship in Kentucky this weekend after their recent Excellence Award at the Southern New York State Vex IQ Robotics Championship. Their regional win qualified them to attend The National Open and The Vex World Championship.

The team's robot, dubbed "SeƱor Bob Jr. II" needed to fulfill a number of tasks, including a moveable elevator and flipper to toss and collect hexballs, gears to push and navigate a bridge, and autonomous programming for driving the robot.

The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge. The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX IQ robotics program. Judges at the Southern NY State Vex IQ Robotics Championship commented, "This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and teamwork. This team is committed to quality in everything that they do and is a strong contender in numerous award categories. This team deserves to be recognized for building a quality robotics program!"

An after school program open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders, the Friends Academy Robotics Club is advised by Middle School computer teacher Clare Nesfield, who created a live page to follow the team's journey at Worlds.