3 Years in a Row: AC Qualifies for VEX World Championships

Posted on March 11th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

For the third year in a row, an Allendale Columbia School team of fifth-graders earned an invitation to the VEX IQ Robotics World Championships.

On Saturday, March 9th, three fifth-grade teams from AC went to the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse to compete in the VEX IQ Northern New York State Robotics Competition.  A total of 24 teams of students in 5th to 8th grade won awards at local qualifiers to get there.

The MAGMAS, (composed of Morgan Wilson, Achanti Thongjang, Gia Pellegrino, Marc Voloshin, Amora Thongjang, and Sammy Davis) won the Excellence Award, which earned them the invitation to Worlds April 28th-30th, 2019. They will be one of 400 Middle School teams collaborating and competing from such countries as the U.S., China, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, Colombia, South Korea, Egypt, Mexico, United Kingdom, Philippines, Finland, Myanmar, Estonia, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and India.

The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge. This award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high-quality VEX robotics program. This team is a strong contender in numerous award categories. Excellence winners must have an Engineering Notebook and a STEM Research Project presentation. Key criteria:

  • Design Award ranking
  • STEM Research Project Award ranking
  • Teamwork Challenge Qualification Matches ranking
  • Robot Skills Challenge ranking
  • Other Judged award rankings
  • High quality VEX robotics program

The VEX Chargers, composed of Juliette Methot, Freddie Erdle, Olivia Fowler, Sebastian Costanzo, and Meredith Jones-Cole, took home the STEM Research project award, the second time this season that the team has secured this award.  They researched how math is used to create an accurate sundial.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Research Project Award is presented to the team that shares the most effective STEM Research Project presentation. Thispresentation, as well as the follow-up discussion with Judges, effectively demonstrates the students’ significant depth of understanding of their topic and research findings. The presentation will also highlight the students’ work in sharing what they learned in an effective format. Key criteria:

  • Identifies a challenge topic of interest that relates to the STEM theme for the season
  • Completes research and collects evidence using reliable sources
  • Demonstrates a well-organized and documented process to study and explain the research findings
  • Describes how the research findings were applied to develop and test the solution
  • Shares the solution in an effective and creative presentation
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the entire research process
  • Students demonstrate teamwork and effective communication skills

Team Hubble Trouble (Dante Colaprete, Conley Blankenship, and Ella Rogala) also participated in the States after winning second place in a local qualifier.

Please join me in congratulating the MAGMAS on making it to Worlds.

Donna Chaback

Donna Chaback

Donna received an Electrical Engineering degree and worked as an electrical engineer in the construction industry. Upon having children, Donna found a passion for teaching and received her Masters in the Science of Education. After working at a local public school for five years, she fell in love with STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Donna taught STEM in various schools, then joined Allendale Columbia seven years ago. She is also a recipient of the Corporate K-12 Innovation Award from the International Association of STEM Leaders.
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