The students work before- and after-school each week to perfect their robot’s design, programming and engineering.
The Sossaman program is under the direction of teacher John Burke and includes dozens of students.
The qualifying team – the Spartan Marauders – includes Bella Burke, Jake Strube, Declan Thiele, and Ronan Gessner.
The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, gives students robotics and research project challenges to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.
Sossaman Marauders qualified during a November tournament hosted by the school, which included 28 teams.
The team also took the top two middle school awards: Team Skills Challenge and Team Excellence.
By doing so, the team also qualified for the VEX IQ Arizona State Championship, to be held in February.