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Three Academies of Loudoun VEX Robotics Teams Competed in the Virginia High School State Championship; Team VEXcellent advances to World VEX Robotics Championship

Three Academies of Loudoun (ACL) VEX Robotics teams qualified to participate in the VEX Robotics Competition Virginia High School State Championship held in Doswell, Va., on March 3 and 4 with two ACL teams recognized for their performance:

  • Team We Showed Up

  • Team El Primo won the Energy Award, which is awarded to the team that demonstrates extraordinary enthusiasm

  • Team VEXcellent was named Tournament Semifinalist 

Team VEXcellent, comprised of Sanav Durgam, Sanjay Munagapati and Prajith Pandrate, will compete in the World Championship VEX Robotics Competition in April in Dallas, Texas.

Ethan Kantz, the team’s advisor, said, “These students have been hard at work since the summer. Seeing the students’ hard work pay off in such an exciting way is wonderful. The look on the students' faces when they won the qualifying match was priceless!”

These three teams were among 56 teams participating in the 2022-23 VEX Robotics Competition game, Spin Up, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. As part of the VEX Robotics program, students apply what they have learned about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to build semi-autonomous machines. Robotics competitions teach students about electronics, programming, mechanical systems, animation, 3D CAD, computer-aided machining, web design and materials fabrication. Competitions, which are held throughout the year, also teach students communication, project management, time management and teamwork.

Published March 30, 2023