Second Year Success
Thanks to generous grants from the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin and the REC Foundation, our fifth through eighth grade students have the opportunity to participate in the VEX IQ robotics program. Elements of robotics, basic engineering principles, and an intorduction to coding will be taught to all of our fith through eighth grade students as part of regular science instruction.
Thanks to generous team sponsorships from Londerville Steel, the Dirks Group, and members of our congregation, our fifth through eighth grade students also have the opportunity to be part of an afterschool competitive program. This school year we have six students competing on two teams that have designed robots to participate in the VEX IQ Challenge: Next Level.
The students designed, built, modified and programmed their own robots to compete at a high level. They practiced and perfected their driving skills throughout the season. Our teams competed at six tournaments around the state this season and both teams qualified to the Wisconsin State Championships at the Milwaukee School of Engineering for the second year in a row.
Team 703A: "Murphy's Law" earned two "Create" awards this season; took home the teamwork champion award at the Western Wisconsin VEX Tournament at Whitehall, WI; and finished 7th at the Wisconsin State Championships at MSOE on March 3, narrowly missing qualifying for the World Championships at Louisville, KY.
Team 703B: "The Salty Pretzels" was our girl powered team. They earned second place in the teamwork challenge at the Western Wisconsin VEX Tournament in Whitehall, WI and finished in 14th place at the Wisconsin State Championships.
Preparing for 2019-2020
Our students are excited about the new game for 2019-2020, "Squared Away." They have assembled the field and elements and have already started looking into strategies strategies.
We plan to add an elementary team to our two middle school teams next season. Our incoming fifth grade class has been anxiously waiting for their opportunity to participate and they are excited that it has finally come.
We are excited to announce two new sponsors for next season: VanErt Electric and Greenheck Fan Corporation. We hope to add more sponsors before the next season begins.
December 2019 will hopefully bring another first as we plan to host our first VEX IQ tournament here at Our Savior's. Preparations are in progress to bring teams from all over the state to compete in Wausau.