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CHAMPS takes top prize in Robotics World Championship

Posted By Karen Young On June 22, 2009 @ 10:20 pm In School News | No Comments

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CHAMPS Charter High School’s Spur-Flys robotics team, under the direction of  teacher Nancy Aldrich, recently took home the first place prize at the Vex World Championship in Dallas, Texas. The LAUSD charter school, which is located in Van Nuys,  formed an alliance with Elco Robotics from El Camino Real High School and Crowther Home School  to win the coveted prize.

The students competed against nearly three hundred teams from countries such as Brazil, Colombia, China, Canada, Korea, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and the USA.

According to competition materials, the tournament was”designed as a vehicle for students to develop critical life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and project management, honed through building robots and competing with like minded students from around the world in a fun, non-traditional environment.”

Robotics Academy president and senior Sebastian Saballett said, “Not only can we say that we together as a robotics academy have accomplished that, but we have exceeded that expectation and have gained so much more through our dedication, passion, and effort in the field of robotics.”

CHAMPS Charter School is an independent public high school which was founded in 2005 by Dr. Norman Isaacs and a group of parents. It is known for its small academic classes including honors and advanced placement, as well as comprehensive academies for dance, drama, film, music, new media and robotics. Students come from diverse backgrounds and a wide geographic area.was established four years ago.  Teacher Nancy Aldrich introduced the Robotics Academy during its second year.

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