Fresh off a second place finish at the March VEX Robotics State Championship, Team 4495A competed in the CREATE Foundation’s U.S. Open National Robotics Championships in Omaha, Neb., last week where they finished as CREATE division finalists, earning them a spot in the nation’s “final four” robotics teams. The team also took home the Programming Skills award for the high school division and is now ranked eighth in the world for programming skills.
Walker’s Team 4495A consists of junior Alex Reichenbach, junior Joseph Zuckerman, junior Courtney Lewis, and senior Kat Blaha and is coached by Upper School Technology Department Chair Thomas Cooper and Upper School math and science teacher Shawn Kennerson. The team was honored in a special National Robotics Week assembly on April 8 and will now head to the VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim at the end of this month.
“It really shows the strength of our computer science and engineering program,” Thomas Cooper said of Team 4495A’s success. “Kids can incorporate other disciplines like physics and mathematics to their designs and build a successful robot while also learning patience and the ability to solve problems.”
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