3 Scottsdale Schools robotics teams qualify for world tourney

Two of Mohave Middle School’s robotics teams, 7681B and 7681C, stand together after their first and third place wins at the 2015 VEX and VEX IQ Robotics State Championships on Feb. 28 at Arizona State University.

Two of Mohave Middle School’s robotics teams, 7681B and 7681C, stand together after their first and third place wins at the 2015 VEX and VEX IQ Robotics State Championships on Feb. 28 at Arizona State University. (Submitted photo)

Three VEX robotics teams from Mohave Middle School have qualified for the 2015 VEX World Championship after the 2015 VEX and VEX IQ Robotics State Championships on Feb. 28.

Mohave Middle School’s VEX robotics team, 7681, stops for a photo during the 2015 VEX and VEX IQ Robotics State Championships on Feb. 28 at Arizona State University. The team took home the Design Award.

Mohave Middle School’s VEX robotics team, 7681, stops for a photo during the 2015 VEX and VEX IQ Robotics State Championships on Feb. 28 at Arizona State University. The team took home the Design Award.

Mohave’s two VEX IQ teams finished first and third in the state for programming skills, according to a press release.

The 7681B Team received a perfect score on STEM Presentation and the 7681C Team received the VEX IQ Excellence Award. The VRC Team 7681 won the Design Award for the VEX Championship.

All three teams were invited to the World Championships, which will be held April 15-18 in Louisville, Ky.

The Scottsdale Unified School District was also represented at the state competition by two teams from Hohokam Traditional School.

The two Hohokam teams placed 21st and 22nd in the VEX IQ competition, and one of the teams received the Judges Award for sportsmanship for its exemplary behavior and teamwork, the release states.

The five teams qualified for the state competition by taking home awards at regional events in Phoenix and Apache Junction.

“Mohave has an incredible group of intelligent and hard-working students who have sacrificed their time and given their talented brains to learning how to successfully build and program robots to perform specific tasks,” said David Norris, Mohave teacher and robotics program mentor. “Mohave also has an incredible group of dedicated parent volunteers who have taken the time to help our students be so successful. These awards would not be possible without these awesome parent volunteers!”

Students from Mohave and Hohokam meet weekly after school to design, build and program robots. Teams may engage in research projects they present to judges at the tournament.

Some students start robotics in middle school, while others arrive with robotics knowledge from programs established at feeder elementary schools.

Many Mohave alumni joined the Sabercats Robotics team at Saguaro High School, which has a robotics program, and whose students provide mentorship to the Mohave team, the release states.

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