Sayre students bring home award from World Robotics Championship

Two Sayre Middle School students earned a trip to the VEX IQ Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky last week and did not return home empty handed.  

   The team of Cassidy Crabb and Addison Mariano, AKA Broadway Blondes, qualified for the World competition in the Engineering division along with 81 other teams from around the world.  The team took the State Design award at Tahlequah in March, making it possible for them to compete at the World event.  It was their engineering notebook again that caught the eye of the judges at Worlds, along with two rounds of judges interviews before the duo was ultimately recognized as the Judges Award winner in the Engineering division.   

   The Judges Award is presented to a team that the judges determine is deserving of special recognition.  Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award, such as team displays of special attributes, exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, or team accomplishments or endeavors throughout the season that may not fit under existing awards, but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition. 

   Over the three day competition, Cassidy and Addison participated in a practice match and 10 qualification matches with teams from Lebanon, China, Syria, New York, Philippines, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Miami.  Four of the teams did not speak English but that didn’t hold these girls back one bit.  “It was hard to tell them what we needed to do together, but with those teams we practiced a lot of times so we got it down,” said Addison.

   “We had to communicate using our robots,” Cassidy explained.  “But what ended up being kind of funny is that we earned the most points with the teams that we didn’t understand,” she said.

   Clearly among the best in Oklahoma, the girls achieved their season high of 33 points in skills challenges while at Worlds, this includes driving and programming their robot.   They ended the competition ranked 120th out of 408 teams in skills.  Teams from Indiana, Canada, and China were ultimately crowned world champions by  the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation.

   The 408 teams competed in five different divisions: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.   Only the top 10 teams from each of the five divisions made the finals before the overall champions emerged and the 2020...

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Pictured: Sayre Robotics students, Addison Mariano and Cassidy Crabb, returned from the VEX IQ Robotics World Championship in Louisville, KY, last week with a trophy for the Judges Award winner in the Engineering division. Both students are seventh graders at Sayre Middle School. Staff photo by Connie Ferrero

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