Nine student teams from Cabarrus County Schools recently were a part of the 26-team North Carolina delegation that qualified to compete in the VEX World Championship in Dallas, Texas.
Congratulations to the VEX teams from:
Jay M. Robinson High School – 3 teams
C. Griffin Middle School – 1 team
Harris Road Middle School – 1 team
Hickory Ridge Middle School – 1 team
Hickory Ridge Elementary School – 1 team
Weddington Hills Elementary School – 2 teams
During the competition, students met other students from around the world, making new friends and learning about each other’s cultures and customs. One afternoon, a team from the United Kingdom shared afternoon tea.
Special congratulations to the Weddington Hills Wildcat Circuit Team for winning the Judges Award, which is presented to a team that demonstrates attributes such as exemplary effort and perseverance at the event and team accomplishments throughout the season that may not fit under existing awards but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition.
David Parisi, director of VEX operations for Cabarrus County Schools and VEX Coach at Jay M. Robinson High School, said, “Every season I attend the VEX World Championships, I’m quickly reminded of what an amazing platform competitive robotics is for ALL students. Parents are blown away at the level of engineering, creative thinking, problem solving, and collaboration that takes place throughout the event. Where else do students from nations around the world come together under the umbrella of competition to showcase the work they have done as a team over the past 52 weeks? Inventor and Engineer Dean Kamen couldn’t have put it any better when he said: We don’t use students to build robots, we use robots to build students.”