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Hollywood Students Win Excellence Award in VEX Robotics Competition

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The Apollo Middle School Robotics Team won the Excellence Award in a VEX robotics competition on Jan. 20.   The team was among the top four teams in the competition and earned a position in a state competition in Tampa in February.

 

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The teams had to design, build and program a robot.
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The robots competed by moving cones into a goal area.  A student had to drive the robot during the competition.  Joseph Paez was a driver for the Apollo team. “I enjoyed being a part of the competition,” he said.

Students from the Hollywood Hills High School robotics program also participated and entered two teams.   Deb Houts, a teacher at Hollywood Hills High, said she was very proud of the performance of her girls’ team. “You need a creative mind to do well in robotics,” she said.

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Wenjing Feng who is also a member of the girls’ team, said, “I enjoyed the competition and I like robots.”

Matthew Tindell, a member of the other Hollywood Hills team, said “This is fun and exciting.” His teammate Adrian Soriano said he enjoyed the competition and likes to work with robotic technology.

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A growing number of schools in Hollywood are developing robotics programs. The students enjoy the opportunity to work on hands-on projects and to develop their technical skills.  The competition is part a program made possible by a $227,000 grant awarded to the Broward County Public Schools by the REC Foundation and NASA. The grant provides a robot, team registration funding and teacher professional development to participating schools.  During the VEX Robotics Qualifying Tournaments, students participate in action-packed challenges where they compete with their VEX robots. The team field challenges allow them to show their skills operating and programming their robots.

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David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.

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