Somersfield Robotics Team Earns Award

May 1, 2019

Nine members of the Somersfield Academy middle school robotics team recently traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the 2019 VEX World Championships, where they earned a Judges Award.

A spokesperson said, “The Somersfield Sharks team was up against competition from all around the world, with several teams from China and the USA dominating the leader board. The middle schoolers competed in 11 matches in the qualifying rounds; while they did not earn enough points to move into the playoffs, they did impress the judges, and were honored to receive the prestigious Judges Award.

“This award is given to the team that demonstrates such exemplary effort and perseverance at the World Championships that it is deserving of special recognition.”

Cameron Pimentel, Sam Lindo, Jacques Stefani, Owen Dinsmore, Nash Storey, Neil Varwandkar, Emily Orchard, Stefan DeCouto & Liam Foster:

Somersfield Academy Bermuda April 2019

Irene Pimentel, teacher and chaperone, said, “It was a great experience to be part of a world event and learn so much from all the other teams that were there, we even got to meet and speak to a university level team. They helped us by explaining how they made their robot and why they choose their final design.

“We worked hard and learned so much about collaboration, self-management, and design improvements. Overall it was a great experience and we look forward to building more teams for next year.”

“Next year the team has been invited to attend several regional competitions in other countries, and have begun building relationships with other VEX teams from around the world.

“Robotics is the perfect embodiment of STEM education, as it draws on each of the core disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and distills them into a single product. The students hope to build on a new and growing community around robotics both within academics and among corporate sponsors and industry.”

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