School Year Ends On A VEX World Wide High! 

Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School - West Robotics Club 
7th and 8th graders Achieve Outstanding Results at the
2017 VEX Robotics World Championship  


Pembroke Pines, FL… May 11, 2017… The Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School - West Campus Robotics Team returned home from their first invitation to the 2017 VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky with impressive World and State of Florida rankings. The West Campus Robotics Team was among 1,400 teams representing 30 nations,  all of whom worked diligently and competed at competitions for the past year hoping to earn a coveted spot at VEX World. Prior to beginning a grueling week of matches at the Kentucky Exposition Center, the students participated in an Opening Ceremony and the Parade of Nations, which concluded with the Finals and a Closing Award Ceremonies.

Representing the Pembroke Pines Charter School West Campus at the VEX World Competition were The Steel Jags 8th graders and Mecha-Knights 7th graders: Ishita Abrol,  Theophilos Cockrell,  Jason Jaquith,  Alex Garcia-Marin, Brady Garrison, Ryan McGovern, Nathan Moses-Cossio, Brandon Nahabetian,  Pedro Osorio, Stanley Pierre, Gustavo Salama, Harry Zarcadoolas and Christina Zhang.
‘”Our VEX World success was the culmination of an intense year. Students worked and reworked ideas and strategies to create the best robot. Robotics is like the real world, it is competitive and high tech,” said Fermin Vasquez, M.Ed. 7th Grade Advanced Life Science/8th Grade Physical Science, Science Department Chair and PPCMS Robotics Club Co-Sponsor. “Participating in the VEX Robotics World Championship was a once in a lifetime experience for our students, and they experienced firsthand through technology, how the world is much smaller than they thought.”
Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School - West Campus Robotics Teams VEX World rankings.
Overall rankings for West Campus teams:
Steel Jags - 8th Graders - Team Work Challenge: 85 out of 308 and Skills Challenge: 23 out of 274
Mecha-Knights - 7th Graders - Team Work Challenge: 179 out of 308 and Skills Challenge: 62 out of 273
State of Florida:
Of the twenty-eight teams representing Florida, ten teams represented South Florida. The PPCMS West Campus was one of two Broward County Schools represented. PPCMS West Campus Steel Jags Sixth out of twenty-eight Florida schools and the PPCMS West Campus Mecha-Knights placed nineteen out of twenty-eight Florida schools.

“As a lifelong educator it is gratifying to see the interest in science and technology grow as students' skills increase, it’s a natural progression, resulting in them setting more challenging goals,” said Michael Castellano, Principal, Pembroke Pines Charter Campus. When students becomes interested in Robotics, they become increasingly involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The PPCMS West Campus Robotics program motivates students to be mindful of their work while thinking about additional scenarios and ways to improve outcomes. “A potential failure becomes a success, when the student begins thinking outside of the box and the student experiences successes resulting from the hands-on experience,” added Castellano.
“The students worked hard and did their best throughout the entire competition. They were humble and loved the opportunity to collaborate with other students from around the world. I could not be more proud of them!” concluded Vasquez. Established in January of 2015 the PPCMS Robotics Club is comprised of two groups, the sixth grade students who make up the PPCMS-West Science Olympiad Team and the seventh and eighth grade students who compete as a team in the VEX IQ Robotics Challenges. Currently the team has 41 members. Robotics supports the school’s science curriculum and introduces engineering principles, in addition to developing life the lifelong skills of teamwork, leadership and problem solving.
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School Year Ends On A VEX World Wide High!
The Steel Jags eighth grade and Mecha-Knights seventh grade teams from the Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School - West Campus Robotics Club pose with their Robots at the 2017 VEX World Robotics Competition. Robots on table left to right:  Mr. DiGiorno representing the Mecha-Knights and Dreadnaught representing the Steel Jags. Front Row: Brady Garrison (7th), Christina Zhang (7th), Gustavo Salama (8th), Alex Garcia-Marin (7th), Jason Jaquith (8th), Nathan Moses-Cossio (8th), and Brandon Nahabetian (8th).  Back Row:
Fermin Vasquez (Coach), Ishita Abrol (8th), Theophilos Cockrell (8th), Stanley Pierre (8th), Pedro Osorio (8th), Ryan McGovern (7th), and Harry Zarcadoolas (8th). (Jpeg available)


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