Schulze Elementary students compete in VEX IQ challenge

Schulze Elementary students compete in VEX IQ challenge
Posted on 02/16/2018

Students from Schulze Elementary School recently participated in a VEX IQ competition held at the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind.

The students were comprised of two teams, The Inklings and STEM Girls, and participated in challenges based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Together, they had to think critically and creatively to solve each challenge.

“Both teams did amazing,” Schulze Elementary GT Teacher Juanita Oropesa said. “There were 38 teams not just from San Antonio but from Houston and Austin, which are competitive areas. The fact that they’re elementary students going against middle schoolers, who have more experience, I’m super proud of them, they did excellent.”

The STEM Girls placed first in driver skills and third in teamwork. They were also awarded the Excellence Award for doing well in all areas of competition.

“They did great on their STEM project and robot games, so they impressed the judges in all the areas,” Oropesa added.

The Inklings took home a trophy for design, which will allow them to advance to regionals in Houston on Feb. 24.

“Their robot was considered unique, so they were able to move forward to regionals,” Oropesa said. “We only have two weeks to get ready, so we need to definitely focus and practice and try our best!”

STEM Girls team: Romeli Valdez, Mercedes Villalobos and Audrey Rodriguez.

The Inklings team: Zoey Olivares, Angel Mendez, Shelby Plane, Jose and Allison Medina.

Way to go, Schulze students! 

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