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Robotics Team to compete in World Championship in May

Group photo of the six competing students

Mundelein High School’s Robotics Team recently took part in the VEX Robotics State Championship where they earned rankings of 10th, 18th, 30th and 35th in state. Because of those finishes, the Team 499 “Megamind” has been invited to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship. This is a historical first for the MHS Robotics program.

“In a year of uncertainty and change, it feels nice to be able to appreciate the students and their ability to overcome adversity,” said Andrew Hood who advises the club along with Manny Aldana and Tony Cho. ”Their persistence and community support were vital to the team’s impressive performance at the virtual championship last month.”

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit and VEX Robotics, is back to showcase the talent and skill of a range of student competitors by hosting the first-ever Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship May 17-29, 2021. Leveraging the REC Foundation’s Live Remote Tournament interface, teams from around the world will be able to compete in real-time tournaments or live skills matches to be crowned champions.

During the live remote event, students in grades three through college will compete in timed robotics competition matches with their custom-built robots. Like in past world championships, competitors will have the opportunity to see familiar faces, activities and share in the excitement of the event.

“In a year altered by uncertainty and change, it feels nice to be able to appreciate the students and their ability to overcome adversity,” Hood said.

The REC Foundation’s Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship 2021 is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Other global sponsors that support the program year-round and this event include Autodesk, Dell, Google, MathWorks, Microchip, NASA, Tesla, Texas Instruments and VEX Robotics, the leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities and robotics teams around the world.

The REC mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable and sustainable robotics engineering programs.


Photo:  Team members who will compete include Eileen Jarrett, Caleb Beversdorf, Samantha Nevergall, Johnny Anno, (on screen) Jill Kennicott and Freddy Song.

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