Robotics Club Participates in Robotics World Championship
Four New Town High School seniors are participating in the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, California, April 18-21, 2012.
For more information, check out the press release below from Baltimore County Public Schools.
TOWSON, MD—Under the tutelage of dedicated robotics team advisors, 12 Baltimore County Public Schools’ student teams have qualified for and will participate in the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, California, April 18-21, 2012.
The qualifying teams are:
•Chesapeake High School Teams 944A and 944B
•Dulaney High School Teams 1727A, 1727C, 1727D, and 1727E
•George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Team 950B
•Hereford High School Team 929Z
•Hereford Middle School Team1406D
•New Town High School Team 5143A
•Owings Mills High School Team 2866A
•Towson High School Team 934B
In total, 398 high school and 152 middle school teams will participate in the World Championship from across the United States and from Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, China, Brazil, and many other nations.
According to Douglas H. Handy, technology education supervisor for the BCPS’ Office of Career and Technology Education, the BCPS’ VEX robotics program is primarily an extracurricular initiative that gives students the opportunity to represent their schools as they work in teams to design, assemble, and program robots to perform specified tasks in a competitive environment.
“Students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills and abilities to meet the design challenge presented in each year’s VEX game,” said Handy. “As active members of the robotics teams, students also apply 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. VEX robotics also have been integrated into the BCPS-developed engineering technology gifted and talented curriculum, as well as the middle school and high school technology and engineering curricula developed for Project Lead The Way.”
The BCPS’ VEX robotics program began during the 2008-2009 school year with 24 participating teams representing 12 high schools and one middle school. The program currently consists of 50 teams representing 21 schools and hosting two competitions each school year.
Participating schools are: Catonsville High, Chesapeake High, Dulaney High, Eastern Technical High, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Hereford High, Hereford Middle, Loch Raven High, New Town High, Old Court Middle, Owings Mills High, Perry Hall High, Pikesville High, Ridgely Middle, Sollers Point Technical High, Southwest Academy, Sparrows Point High, Sparrows Point Middle, Towson High, Western School of Technology, and Woodlawn High.
More information about VEX robotics can be found at http://www.vexrobotics.com/.