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Sumner County Robotics Teams Heading to World Championship

Sumner County Schools has five middle-school robotics teams competing at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas this week after earning their spots at the state tournament. Meta (formerly Facebook) has donated $11,000 to Sumner County Schools to offset travel expenses for students and coaches to attend the event, as well as to sponsor a local robotics competition which occurred on April 30, 2022.

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“It’s exciting to see Sumner County students competing on the biggest stage for robotics; it doesn’t get any bigger or better than the world tournament. The achievement of having five teams competing is amazing,” said Chase Moore, Sumner County Schools Supervisor of CTE and STEM. “We’ve worked hard to build a competitive robotics program for our students, and this proves we are headed in the right direction. We are grateful for Meta's generosity and their vision to help strengthen our CTE and STEM programs.”

Meta has been a part of the Sumner County community since 2020, when the company broke ground on its data center in Gallatin, Tenn.

“At Meta, we are enthusiastic supporters of STEM education because of its ability to build community and bring the world closer together. We were proudly cheering for the impressive local students at the county competition last weekend and can’t wait to see what the future holds for these promising young people,” said Tara Tenorio, Community Development Regional Manager for Meta.

On April 30, Meta employees volunteered to work the second-annual Sumner County Schools’ Middle School Robotics Competition that included 33 teams from across the county.

Congratulations to:

robotics firstEllis Middle School

 

robotics secondPortland East Middle School

 

robotics thirdT.W. Hunter Middle School

1st Place School Award and $300 Ellis Middle School
2nd Place School Award and $250 Portland East Middle School
3rd Place School Award and $200 T.W. Hunter Middle School

Teamwork Champions Ellis Middle School (Team 1) and Portland East Middle School (Team 2)
2nd Place Teamwork Ellis Middle School (Team 2) and Westmoreland Middle School (Team 2)
3rd Place Teamwork Ellis Middle School (Team 4) and T.W. Hunter Middle School (Team 2)

1st Place Driver Skills Ellis Middle School (Team 1)
2nd Place Drive Skills Portland East Middle School (Team 2)
3rd Place Driver Skills Ellis Middle School (Team 2)

1st Place Programming Skills Ellis Middle School (Team 1)
2nd Place Programming Skills Ellis Middle School (Team 2)
3rd Place Programming Skills T.W. Hunter Middle School (Team 1)

Top Gun Award Ellis Middle School (Team 1) and Portland East Middle School (Team 2)
Best Rookie Team Ellis Middle School (Team 2)
Most Photogenic Robot Ellis Middle School (Team 5)
Overall Skills Champion Ellis Middle School (Team 1)

The five teams heading to the Vex Robotics World Championship this week are from the following schools:

Portland East Middle School (Coach Dale Sadler)
Ellis Middle School (Coach Jeff Wilkins)
Westmoreland Middle (Coach Kathy Jones)

Student-led teams will showcase their game strategy, design and teamwork skills as they vie to be crowned champions at the global event.

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