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Students to Compete in VEX Robotics World Championship

Students to Compete in VEX Robotics World Championship
Posted on 04/13/2015
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Students in the Pasadena ISD robotics program are gearing up to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship April 15-18 in Louisville, Kentucky. The annual four-day tournament will attract more than 850 teams and 15,000 students from over 25 countries.

Two robotics teams from Dobie High School and The Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School have earned the right to compete in the World Championship after winning top spots at Regionals.

The Dr. Kirk Lewis CTHS robotics team was named a finalist at the regional competition. This is the fifth consecutive year the team has qualified for the World Championships. The Dobie robotics team was named a semifinalist at Regionals this year, earning a seat at the World Championship.

The road to the World Championship was no easy task. Teams were given about a year to design, program, build and test a robot capable of picking up, stacking and moving objects. Under the instruction of the Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School technology teacher David Scarcella, students accomplished the task just in time for the championship games.

“This took a lot of hard work, time and problem-solving skills to build the perfect robot,” Scarcella said. “I am so proud of both groups for their perseverance and dedication to these project.”

The afterschool engineering and robotics program was developed to spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among students. The program is open to all high school students in the district. 

VEX StudentsPhotos courtesy of the Dr. Kirk Lewis CTHS: Pasadena ISD students are set to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship April 15-18 in Louisville, KY