On Sunday, March 4th, 2018, Allendale Columbia Schools hosted the Northern New York State VEX IQ Robotic Championships. Fourteen teams, with team members ranging in age from grade 4 to grade 8, from across Upstate New York participated. Ten trophies were presented at this robotics competition and the Allendale Columbia Lower School teams took home four of them.
Team 1250B, with Eric, Carter, and coach Roof (Priya, Audriana, and coach Reece were not at the event), receives an invitation to the VEX IQ World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, April 29th to May 1st, after winning the Teamwork Challenge 2nd Place Award and the Excellence Award. The Excellence Award is the highest award presented, exemplifying overall excellence in creating a high quality program, excelling in many areas and showing dedication, devotion, hard work, and teamwork. They also won the Judges Award, representing a team deserving special recognition. Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award, including exemplary effort and perseverance at the event and team accomplishments throughout the season.
The STEM Research Project Award went to AC Team 1250D and its members Mollie, Oliver, Ariela, Marina, and coaches Klinkbeil and Cooper. It is given to the team that develops and delivers an effective research project presentation and demonstrates a significant depth of understanding of their research topic, with their research using reliable sources and being well organized.
Team 1250A (Ethan, Lizzie, Jack, Jerry, and coaches Truong and Diehl) and 1250C (Ella, Gwen, Victoria, Maya, and coaches Herberger and Timpani) competed hard and represented AC well in the exciting competition.
The other Excellence Award went to Team 11427A from South Onondaga Robotics in Syracuse, NY. The Teamwork Challenge Champion was Team 11427C, also from Syracuse. Team 9282B from the Freezing Code Robotics Club in Oswego, NY, took home the Design Award and the Robot Skills Championship.
This is the second year in a row that Allendale Columbia has been invited to send one of their 5th grade VEX IQ robotic teams to the World Championship.
Donna ChabackDonna 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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