St. Simon places seventh in robotics tournament

Courtesy of Karen Carrie
St. Simon robotics team member Carolyn Jeung greets a robot at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim.

The recent addition of a robotics team to St. Simon School has already brought victory to campus – the school placed seventh at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim in April.

During the four-day competition, more than 15,000 participants from 27 countries competed in challenges that demonstrated their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills, going head-to-head with custom-built programmed robots.

“As we enrich our programs to highlight STEM skills, I am excited that our school community has embraced the new robotics program,” said Principal Steve Rummell. “Parent volunteers helped our kids understand the fundamentals of technology, how to work together as a team and, most of all, how to have fun. It was amazing to see the excitement of our students and the breadth of experience by 760 of the world’s best student-run robotics teams at this tournament.”

Rummell added that he was proud of the team’s performance.

St. Simon’s VEX Robotics team members in grades 4-8 include Kirk Baranowski, Michael Carbone, Philip Christiansen, Nikhil D’Souza, Andres Ibarra, Carolyn Jeung, Matthias Lai, Tommy Lawler, Gianni Magarelli, Kier Mendiburu-Perez, Xavi Mendiburu-Perez, Devon Montgomery-Eder, Rafael Pierry, Hanna Ready, Atila Schrieber, Sam Sherrill and Dipashreya Sur.

The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is a new STEM program for elementary and middle school students that challenges students to explore STEM disciplines.

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