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Robot happy dance – LWSD teams win design and inspire awards at robotics world championship
Six students from five LWSD schools and a sixth-grade duo from Inglewood Middle School (IMS) are celebrating major awards in the world of robotics. The team of six, named 10 C Exothermic Creation, won the Design Award at the 2021 Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship. Khushie Verma and Sophia Li from IMS, also known as team 656A or Lightning FlamebotZ, took home the Inspire Award. The event, which was held virtually in May, is recognized as the Largest Online Robot Championships record holder by Guinness World Records®. During the live remote event, more than 1,600 teams from 30 countries and 49 US states competed in timed, heart-pounding robotics competition matches with their custom-built robots.
The Design Award is presented to a team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management, and team organization. The team’s Engineering Notebook and Judges interview demonstrates the team’s ability to produce a quality robot with minimal adult assistance.
The Inspire Award is presented to a team that has inspired judges with their approach to the VEX Robotics program. This team will effectively communicate their passion for the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) program and maintain a positive attitude throughout the event. The team will have a clear vision for their future and will participate with both a high level of integrity and good sportsmanship. This team demonstrates that they believe they can achieve what they set out to achieve through their diligence.
Below is a list of the Exothermic Creation team members from the VEX Robotics Competition:
- Ann Li, 10th grade, International Community School
- Helena Zheng, 10th grade, Eastlake High School
- Aaryan Jain, 11th grade, Tesla STEM High School
- Thomas Welch, 11th grade, International Community School
- Bohan Yao, 8th grade, Timberline Middle School
- Esther Liu, 11th grade, Juanita High School