Last spring, two students at Orangewood Academy approached their math teacher about the possibility of starting a robotics club. Seven months later, in October 2019, they found themselves as a team of 8 students at their first VEX Robotics competition in Los Angeles. It was an eye-opening first competition for the team, who realized what was possible and how much work was required to succeed. The team returned to school determined to work harder. Every month, they traveled 3.5 hours to their league competition in Tulare (the only nearby location that didn’t compete on a Sabbath), and learned how to code, build robots, and work together as a team. By the end of the season, the team celebrated placing 2nd in their league and winning 1st place for their robot design! They are looking forward to another year competing and immersing themselves more in the robotics world.
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