VEX Robotics Club Starts Strong at Nationals

MSD's VEX Robotics Club recently participated in the first-ever national middle school robotics tournament with teams comprised of all Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Hosted by The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation in partnership with the NTID Regional STEM Center, the national tournament featured 24 teams from 15 schools for the deaf who competed in a series of robotics challenges.
The two teams representing the MSD Frederick Campus middle school program traveled to Austin, Texas to compete in the Inaugural National VEX IQ Robotics Competition held at the Texas School for the Deaf during the February 7 & 8 weekend.
Coached by high school science teachers Brandon McMillan-Muszynski and John Thuahnai, MSD's inaugural VEX Robotics Club spent months preparing for the two-day competition by designing and programming their custom-built robots. Our students put their engineering skills to the test in robot-building as they worked together on a variety of creative solutions to this year's challenge.
Reece Johnson, Aedyn Josselin, and Zaylee Taylor teamed to place second in the competition. Jonah Abenchuchan, Donovan Chmaj, and Kieran Ketcham teamed up for an eighth place finish.
The team of Reece, Aedyn, and Zaylee also qualified for the Maryland VEX IQ State Championships, which will take place on Saturday, February 29 at the New Town High School in Owings Mills.
Congratulations to our middle school students on such an impressive showing!
About VEX Robotics Competitions
There are two competitive levels: VEX IQ is intended for elementary and middle schools, and the VEX VRC competition is for high school students. MSD's high school robotics club will compete for the first time in the second annual tournament hosted at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind on February 28 & 29, 2020.
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