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Grange Middle School robotics team members, from left to right, Joshua Purvis, Samuel Deal and Wendy Martinez work on their state competition-winning robot Friday at the school, April 4. Team members Evan Poston, Cassie Reyes, Nathalie So and Trinity So are not pictured. The team won the Amaze Award during the international competition in Anaheim from April 23-26. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

Education

Grange robotics team wins Amaze Award at world championships

By From page A8 | April 30, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Members of the GrizzlyBots robotics team from Grange Middle School won the Amaze Award for their top-performing robot at the Vex world championships at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Diane Halsey, algebra teacher and coach of the Grange team.

Grange students Josh Purvis, Samuel Deal, Wendy Martinez, Evan Poston, Cassie Reyes, Nathalie So and Trinity So traveled to Southern California for the event, which began Wednesday and ended Saturday. A total of 760 teams from around the world qualified. More than 15,000 people participated using custom-built and programmed robots.

The global championship began Wednesday and included skateboard legend Tony Hawk visiting teams before speaking to students about sticking with their passion for science, technology, engineering and math because it will lead to futures full of career potential.

Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, spoke during the final ceremony.

“We are more than excited about what we have seen here,” Evers-Manly said. “You represent our future. You represent the here and now. You are not only cool but you are making a difference for years to come.”

The Middle School World Champion Winning Alliance included three teams from China, the Branch of Beijing Chen Jinglun Middle School, the Fuzhou Shidai Middle School, and the Fuzhou Create Future Young Robot Engineer Club.

People interested in helping fund the Grange team, including the cost of its trip to Southern California, should contact the school at 438-1900.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy

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  • Michael BrimerApril 29, 2014 - 8:21 am

    Suddenly, out of nowhere, math, science, engineering and robotics burst on the scene, led by an amazing group of 7th and 8th graders Grange Grizzlybots have made being a "geek" something to be proud of ! We are all terribly proud of the work Ms Halsey, parents, grandparents, school board and others have put into forming this program, and the team. Let's all commit ourselves to taking advantage of this momentum to build and grow this program into a magnet for the youngsters of our community. The local American Legion Post is donating money to next year's program. How about you ? We can all help give our kids a bright future. Go Grizzlybots !

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  • SteveApril 29, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Congratulations to these young minds. Keep it up!!!! Best news all week.

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