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MS Robotics Qualifies for VEX IQ Worlds!

MS robotics student operate their robots in the ring at State Championship

The Harvey Middle School RoboCavs are on their way to the VEX IQ World Championship for a second consecutive year!

Eight Middle School students, making up two Harvey teams, competed in the Southern New York State VEX IQ Robotics Championship February 9 at the Hewitt School in New York City. One team is headed to Worlds, and the other team sits in a strong position to qualify.

Harvey MS Team 6277X won the event and also brought home the Teamwork Championship. The team is made up of returning students eighth-grader Marley Shyer and seventh-grader Annissa Khanna, and two newcomers, Avery Kahn (seventh-grade) and Kevin Li (eighth-grade). They dominated the championship, qualifying for the finals in 1st place by more than a point and a half over the second place team. Taking the overall win and the Teamwork Championship punched their ticket to the World Championship to be held in late April in Louisville, Kentucky.

But they weren't finished there! The team's journal submission put them into the running for the Excellence Award, which they won, double qualifying them for Worlds. The Excellence Award, the highest award presented in the VEX IQ program, is given to the team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a high-quality robotics program. According to the VEX IQ program, the Excellence Award-winning team "excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work, and teamwork."

For Marley and Annissa, this will be their second year going to Worlds. Last year they were part of an all-female team that won a World Design Award for Harvey Middle School robotics.

A second Harvey team, comprised of robotics newcomers Logan Alexander and Lucian Fried (sixth-graders) and Eli Birch and Julian van den Tol (eighth-graders) had an impressive showing at States as well. They qualified for finals in 6th place, finishing the day in 3rd overall. On the skills field, which involves driver skills as well as autonomous, they finished 4th overall. More importantly, they put their team into position to qualify for Worlds based on their skill results. They will have to wait for the results of the Northern NYS competition held at the beginning of March to find out if they will be heading to states alongside their MS RoboCavs teammates.

Harvey MS robotics will compete against teams from six continents at Worlds, and by the looks of it -- they are ready!

To see all the results, visit: VEX IQ Robotics Southern NYS Championship Results


MS robotics students pose with teachers and awards at State Championship.

Harvey Middle School RoboCavs celebrate their victory with their robotics teachers, Mr. Ketner and Mr. Schursky.


Four MS robotics students compete at State Championship

The MS RoboCavs with their robots following a match. 


Visit Harvey Robotics to learn more about both our MS and US robotics programs.

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