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Salt River Schools Host Robotics Tournament

Salt River seventh grade students Devin Howard (grey pull over), and Joseph Fredrick (plaid jacket) compete in the robotics tournament on January 25.

Robots took over Salt River High School in January, but they were slayed not long after by Salt River students.

True story.

Salt River students and robotics wizards Isaiah Outah, Destenie Vasquez, Jessica Antone, Soledad Hernandez, Joseph Fredrick and Devin Howard won awards in the Vex IQ Robotics Tournament on January 21.

Salt River Schools hosted the near all-day tournament, which attracted 25 teams and dozens of students from across metro Phoenix. Teams were a mix of elementary and middle-school teams.

Teams competed against each other in the high school gym on a 4-foot-by-8-foot rectangular field. The goal was for teams to use their remote-controlled snap robot to place balls known as “hexballs” into various scoring areas. Points were also scored for parking and balancing robots.

Robotics is a platform designed for students to use tools learned in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Fredrick and Howard received the Teamwork Champion Award and Outah, Vasquez, Antone and Hernandez received the Middle School Excellence Award.

With the wins, the Salt River teams qualified for the state robotics tournament in March.

Salt River offers junior high and high school students a class in robotics. Salt River had three teams of two. Outah, Vasquez, Fredrick and Howard are in the seventh grade. Antone and Hernandez are in the eighth grade.

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