Two local Girl Scouts from Queensbury Middle School and their team will be competing in the VEX Robotics World Championship on April 24 to 27 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Girl Scouts Evelyn, an eighth grader in Troop 3141 and programmer on the team and Alana, a sixth grader in Troop 3415 and engineer on the team, will compete against teams from around the world as they showcase their STEM problem solving abilities.
The VEX Robotics World Championship is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and consists of more than 20,000 teams from over 50 countries competing in various events. The Queensbury Middle School team previously won the state championship and received the VEX Excellence Award. The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition and is awarded to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX robotics program. Excellence winners must have an engineering notebook and be a contender in various award categories such as design, robot skills and tournament qualification matches.
“Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York fully supports and encourages girls to pursue and find passion within the STEM community,” said Mary Buszuwski, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York’s CEO. “Research shows that girls who participate in STEM activities become resource problem-solvers and feel empowered to make a difference in the world. We are proud and honored that Evelyn and Alana will be participating in this great opportunity.”
The two Girl Scouts and their team will compete in the Middle School VEX Robotics Competition division of the championship. The VEX Robotics Competition is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally. VEX Robotics creates solutions for students, parents, educators, school districts and partner organizations to use in educational and competitive environments. VEX products are a means of introducing STEM concepts both in and outside of the classroom and allow students to get involved in the world of competitive robotics.