City of Vernon California

City Council Honors Vernon City Elementary School Robotics Team

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VERNON, Calif. (June 7, 2018) – With the school year coming to an end this week, the Vernon City Council acknowledged students from the Vernon City Elementary School Robotics Team for their success in various robotics competitions during the teams inaugural season, the 2017-2018 academic year.

In January, the Vernon City Eagles as the team is known in competition, placed first out of 37 schools at the final 2018 VEX IQ Robotics Competition, presented by LAUSD Local District East.  Their feat earned the group a Teamwork Champion Award and qualified the Eagles to compete in the 2018 California VEX IQ Elementary School State Championship in February.  Following the state competition, the team placed first and second in the elementary division of the Annual USC Viterbi STEM Educational Outreach Programs Robotics Invitational held in April.

At the City's Council Meeting on June 5, the Vernon City Council honored each student member of the Vernon City Eagles with a Certificate of Achievement.  "We are thrilled to celebrate the successes of the Vernon City Elementary School Robotics Team" said Mayor Yvette Woodruff-Perez.  "Their achievements make our entire community proud" proclaimed Mayor Woodruff-Perez.

Following the certificate presentations, the team conducted a live demonstration of one of their robots.  "It is very encouraging for the team to be recognized by the City Council, the students are excited to showcase their creation" said Coach Pedro Rodriguez.

"The robotics program at Vernon City Elementary School provides students an opportunity to acquire hands on experience in robotics and engineering with the goal of inspiring students to pursue future careers in the STEM [Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics] fields" shared School Principal Diane Espino.  The school established the program for the 2017-2018 school year for all third through sixth grade students at the school.

The current team was comprised of fourth and fifth grade students that met for an average of eight hours each week to plan, design and build robots based on the specific guidelines provided for each of the tournaments they competed in.  Having reached the state competition in their inaugural season, the Vernon City Eagles have set the bar high.  The team will break for the summer and resume activities once the new school year begins in the fall.