Release Date: 3/6/2018
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Lyons Mill Elementary, Sparks Elementary, Hereford Middle qualified teams to participate in VEX Robotics World Championships

TOWSON, MD. – Teams from Lyons Mill and Sparks elementary schools and Hereford Middle School have qualified to participate in the VEX Robotics World Championships.

The teams qualified through their performance at the Maryland State VEX IQ Robotics Championship for Middle and Elementary Schools, held March 3 at New Town High School.

Team 9290B from Sparks Elementary won the Teamwork Champion Award. Its members are Grade 5 students Nathan Chung, Harrison Crawford, Cole Haynes, Parker Saucier, and Preston Saucier.

Lyons Mill Team 3131E, comprised of Grade 5 students, Zohra Arshad and Kelsey Coley, earned the Design Award.

“While Sparks Elementary has competed in the VEX World Championships before, qualifying for this prestigious competition is an historic event for Lyons Mill as this is our first full year of competition,” said Lyons Mill Principal Maralee Clark. “Our students’ achievement is clear evidence that our hands-on, student-centered learning is an effective method for teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

Team 929D from Hereford Middle School won top honors by earning the Excellence Award in the middle school division, while Teams 929H and 929K from the same schoolworked together in the finals to capture the 2nd Place Teamwork Award.

Team 929D is comprised of Grade 7 students Andreea Basescu, Emma Hsieh, and Miranda Self. Team 929K students, all in Grade 6, are Camden Bonner, Noah Combatir, Jayden Gover, Chase Hogan, Eddie Shamus, and Max Van Note. All of Team 929H members are also Grade 6 students: Dominic Garbarino, Annabelle Grenzer, Ethan Halfpap, Colin Kurniawan, and Cole Wallner.

These teams from Lyons Mill and Sparks elementary schools and Hereford Middle School will travel to Louisville, Kentucky at the end of April representing BCPS at the VEX Robotics World Championships. They will be joined by BCPS high school teams that also have qualified for the world championships. Teams 1727E and 1727F from Dulaney High School, Teams 929H, 929U, and 929X from Hereford High School, and Team 934Z from Towson High School.

On Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. another statewide robotics tournament will be held – the Maryland State VEX VRC Robotics Championship for Middle Schools. The event will take place at Hereford Middle School, and 22 teams are expected to participate including four teams from Hereford Middle School and three from Ridgely Middle School. A livestream webcast will be available.

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