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Cumberland 5th-grade girls compete in Vex Robotics World Championship

A team of Cumberland Elementary 5th graders made it to the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championships this Spring and walked away with the Create Award!

The VEX Robotics competition is put on by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, which seeks to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on programs.

The group of fifth-grade girls competed in regional and state-level competitions and qualified for the world championships in Dallas, Texas in May where the team of 4 joined about 500 other teams from across the country and globe.

The event was split into 60-team divisions, and the girls’ team won the “Create Award” in their division.

The Create Award is presented to a team whose robot design incorporates a creative engineering solution to the design challenges of this season’s game.

Key criteria:
• Robot has a well-crafted, unique design solution, which demonstrates creative thinking
• Team has demonstrated a highly creative design process and methodology
• Team has committed to ambitious and creative approaches to solving the game challenge
• Students understand and explain how they worked together to develop their robot

The goal was to build and program a robot that collects balls and throws them into a basket – for the most points during a 1 minute period.

Way to represent Cumberland Cougars!

Article submitted by Cumberland Principal Laurie Carlson and Cumberland parent Eli Bendersky.

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