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Hawks Robotics Teams Head to World Championships!
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At The Hewitt School, all middle school students are given the opportunity to learn robotics, and interested girls are encouraged to build on this foundation by participating in our Hawks Robotics elective. Our robotics program is central to our goal of engaging students and developing their passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Hewitt girls have embraced the program with an eagerness to explore, a willingness to embrace failure, an openness to feedback, and a wonderful ownership of their accomplishments. They are well on their way to becoming the next generation of innovators, inventors, and leaders.

Throughout the year, Hawks Robotics teams compete in VEX IQ challenges, using their STEM skills to solve specific design and engineering challenges. In this year’s VEX IQ challenge, Crossover, students designed, built, and programmed their robots to work together during one-minute matches to score as many points as possible by moving objects to the scoring zone and parking on a bridge.


Three Hawks Robotics teams qualified for the state championships, and as you can see from the video below, the challenge was intense! Our Hawks competed with focus, determination, and passion.


We’re proud to share that two of our teams went on to earn spots at the VEX Robotics World Championship, the culminating event of the season that draws the best teams from across the US and the world. Congratulations to these competitors, and to the many other students who participated in robotics competitions this year!

 

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