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Grizzlybots team members from Grange Middle School compete at the VEX Robotics State Championship at Great America in Santa Clara, last weekend. Pictured, third from left, is Javier Sanchez, Natalie So, Leriz Pineda, Trinity So, Leonardo Merida, Samuel Deal and Evan Poston. (Courtesy photo)


Grange robotics team wins state championship

By From page A3 | March 17, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Grizzlybots are state champions.

Grange Middle School students Samuel Deal, Josh Purvis and Evan Poston won the VEX Robotics State Championship this weekend at Great America, said Grange math teacher Debbie Striek in a press release.

The Grizzlybot group, which formed an alliance with Raining Sunshine of San Jose and the Eaglebots of Santa Clara, have now qualified for the world championships next month in Anaheim.

Grange had four of its Grizzlybot teams competing in the middle school competition. Out of 27 competitors, all of the Grizzlybot teams made it to the quarterfinals, two made it into the semifinals and one continued to the finals and won. Striek said the majority of the teams were from Southern California and the Silicon Valley.

Striek said the teams worked for months to design, build, program and drive their robots in a fast-paced, two-minute match, working with their alliance to score points against the opposing alliance.

The VEX Robotics World Championship will include the top teams from VEX Robotics Competition tournaments around the world, according to Robotevents.com.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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