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Mohave VEX IQ Team in World Championship


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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

Mohave Middle School VEX IQ Team will participate in the VEX IQ World Championship from Thursday, April 24th to Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

Mohave Middle School students Daniel Carpenter, Christopher Martindale, Nick Pazienza, Adam Harvey, Blaise Williams, Jason Anna, Nick Konomi, Logan Clevenger, Ethan Hummon, AJ Dorer, Benjamin Yee and Elijah Mitchell, mentors Glenn Clevenger and Robert Williams and teacher Bert te Velde will take part in the event.

Earlier this year, the Mohave Middle School VEX IQ team competed at a regional final at Salt River High School where they won the Programming Skills Award.

At the State Championship Tournament at ASU, the team again won the Programming Skills Award and took home the Driving Skills Award, the Teamwork Champion Award and the overall Excellence Award.

The team qualified for the World Championships to compete against more than 100 teams, including teams from the USA, Canada, China, Australia, Europe and South Korea.

Mohave currently has three robotics programs; FIRST LEGO League, for which the school organizes a regional finals event in December, VEX and VEX IQ.

About 50 students met on a weekly basis after school on Fridays to design, build and program robots. In addition, teams may engage in research projects they present to judges at the tournament.

Some students start robotics at middle school, while some graduate from programs established at the feeder elementary schools.

Many Mohave alumni joined the Sabercats Robotics team at Saguaro High School, which runs a VEX program, as well as a FIRST Robotics Competition team.

For information, contact Becky Kelbaugh at: 480-484-6223, bkelbaugh@susd.org.

Scottsdale Unified School District, where we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The District and 15 schools have earned the state’s highest A-F Achievement Profile grade – A.

All Scottsdale schools are graded as A, B, or C by the Arizona Department of Education.

For more information about Scottsdale Unified schools, please visit www.susd.org