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Sossaman Middle School robotics team pounces toward nationals


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  • Higley Unified School District

Vex I.Q. U.S. Open Robotic CHampionships Sossaman Middle School

A Sossaman Middle School robotics teams recently qualified for the VEX IQ U.S. Open Robotics Championships, a first for any Higley Unified School District group.

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.