During a special school assembly on May 16, the Mayor of Saratoga, Manny Capello, awarded Sacred Heart School with a proclamation from the City of Saratoga honoring the Robotics team. The team qualified for the World Robotics Competition, held during April 10-23, in Louisville, Kentucky.
The competition was the largest robotics competition of its kind with more than 1,100 teams from 37 countries participating. The VEX Robotics league is one of the largest international robotics leagues. The Northern California league includes more than 50 teams from the middle school and high school levels. The Sacred Heart Daleks competed across Northern California since September 2015 and qualified for the State and finally, the World’s championships.
At the assembly, Mayor Capello eagerly listened to the team members as they shared their experiences designing, assembling and collaborating to reach the world-level competition. The team demonstrated their robot’s precise maneuvers of gripping, hoisting and launching balls to specific targets, one of those targets being Mayor Cappello himself. Mayor Cappello spoke to the students about the value of teamwork and overcoming obstacles when working towards a great goal. At the end, the mayor received one of the game balls signed by each of the robotics team members.
Sacred Heart School’s robotic club has more than 70 students divided into two leagues: the VEX-IQ league from the third to sixth grade, and the VEX league from sixth to eighth. Mr. Pulchny, Sacred Heart’s Principal shared, “We are very proud of the dedication and hard work our students have put into their robot; the collaboration between them and younger students have enriched the team tremendously. Robotics is one of our STEM programs here at Sacred Heart and we are excited to see how much interest and focus our students are putting into it.”
Rachel McKenna, Sacred Heart’s upper Grade Science Teacher, led and supported the robotics teams. Additionally Debbie Salom, a parent at Sacred Heart School, helped coordinate the tournaments. The teams will begin designing for the next season’s challenge in the fall with the high hopes of reaching the VEX World Competition for the third time.