5th-Grade Students Shine at State Robotics Competition

Several female students at Robotics Competition with a female faculty member

Last weekend, students in the VEX IQ competitive robotics program competed in the state tournament in Nashville. The robotics program is open to students in grades 4-8. The students must work in teams to build and test a robot under the guidance of program sponsor and Lower School Science Teacher, Meagan Micheal. As members of the robotics team, girls learn valuable critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The teams must write, draw, and diagram their ideas in an engineering design notebook that they submit for judging during competitions. At the competitions, the students with the highest scoring design notebooks move on to the interview round, where they explain their design process and choices. 

This year’s competition theme, Pitching In, challenged students to build a robot that can move balls into goals and hang on structures. At the Tennessee State Championship, the 5th-grade team of Briana Brown, Anika Kharbanda, and Sahana Mudigouda placed 3rd in the state and received the prestigious Design Award for demonstrating a highly organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management, and team organization. The 5th-grade team also earned a bid to compete in the VEX IQ World Championship. The team will compete in Dallas, Texas, this May. Congratulations to Briana, Anika, and Sahana for their impressive showing at this year’s tournament. We are incredibly proud of them and of all the students who have worked hard all year in preparation for the competition. 

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Male faculty member awarding three female middle school students