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WVMS Wins Eastern Pa. VEX Robotics Tournament
WVMS Wins Eastern Pa. VEX Robotics Tournament

Congratulations are in order for the Welsh Valley Middle School VEX Robotics team, which took first place honors at the Eastern Pa. State Championship competition on Feb. 29, 2020, in Norristown. The win qualifies the team as one of five who will represent Pennsylvania in the World Championships in April.

Team members include sixth graders Hannah Tong, Xavier Tan, Makenzie Bright and Matthew Cerniglia, along with eighth grader Joseph Cicalese.

The VEX Robotics Competition is the largest and fastest-growing middle and high school robotics program globally with more than 20,000 teams from 50 countries playing in over 1,700 competitions worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round.

In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking. The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators. 95% of participants report an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.

To see a slide show of the Welsh Valley team at the competition, click below:

LMSD's Strategic Plan, "All Forward," provides a framework for a collective, intentional and positive approach to change. Its five aspirational pathways guide us toward continual innovation and transformation to further educational excellence for every student. The VEX Robotics team is a student-driven example of Strategic Pathways #1: Redefining Success, #2: Transformative Curriculum and #4: Student-Driven Schools. To learn more about #LMSDAllForward and the Strategic Pathways, click here.

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