McPherson Magnet School’s Flying Spades came in first place in both the regional and state C-STEM Robotics Championships held at University High School, May 19. The Flying Spades had a combined score of 820/1,000, and were the highest scoring team. Students completed a variety of map challenges with their robots utilizing the RoboBlockly coding program. The map challenges were not revealed in advance, and the team had to wait until it was presented with the challenges to start coding. From left, Teacher Trish Marzolo, Ethan Nguyen, Elizabeth Goddy, Yomal Perera, and Teacher Lauri Truong. 

Foothill High School’s robotics Team A won the number one American team slot at VEX World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of April. They came in second in the world finals. Foothill Team A members are, front, left to right, Ryan Botzbach, Jacob Dabrow, Blaise Collins, Jake Johnson and Miguel Craven.  Back row, from left, are team members Stephanie DeLeon, Jayani Bullock, Gavan Bjork, Leon Sit, Calvin Woolfolk, Eric Lehman, Danny Romo, Tim Jang, Rose Minsky and  Gina Bonilla.  Instructor Jeffrey Farr appears in back in the middle.

Student robotics teams from Orange and Tustin school districts scored big in recent competitions 


The Anaheim Hills Elementary Gummy Bears are ranked 24th out of 80 teams in their division at the VEX Competition: back row, left to right, Mairead Schoch, Principal Fayroze Mostafa, Alina Pajo; front row, left to right, Avery Archung, Chloe Schurter and Maylene Hall.

El Modena High School’s Vanguard-a-trons brought home both a bronze and gold in the Synergy Battle Bots competition. Paired into teams, students were required to build and program robots to go head-to-head with those built by teams from schools across Orange County. In the opening event, junior Luis Aguilar (center) and sophomore Jacob Rodriguez placed third for the bronze medal. Junior Alejandra Hernandez (left) received the gold medal after placing first at the closing event, the Bot Battle Royal. 

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