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.
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