All-Girls Robotics Team Goes to World Tournament


Gadgets, gizmos, and thing-a-ma-bobs are not just for boys anymore. One all-girl robotics team is proving that ladies just might come in first. The all-girl robotics team from White Plains High School is preparing to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship Tournament in Louisville Kentucky next month. The team was put together in January, which was the same month they built their winning robot. The all-girls team earned the Design Award at the VEX State Championship that took place in March at Jacksonville State University. Robotics Coach Jonathan Shaw says that accomplishment qualified the team for the World Tournament. Eleventh Grade student Alexis Alvarez says she is in charge of the engineering notebook. She documents the process of building the robot. This is the first year of robotics competition for 12th Grade student Chase Chandler. She says she was inspired by the Robo-Nerds within her school and got hooked. She is the team captain, team builder, and team programmer. Chandler has earned a two year robotics scholarship from Jacksonville State University. Team member Rebecca Johns says their first competition as an all-girls team was a mixture of fear and excitement. Her role is to not only help build the robot, but drive it as well. The world tournament is a three-day tournament. One-thousand-seventy-one teams from twenty-six countries will be participating…That’s fifteen-thousand students. The VEX high school division includes four-hundred-sixty-two teams with four separate categories that include: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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