Published on April 10th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Dutch Fork Middle VEX Robotics team clinches state championship

Photo caption: From left to right: Paul Kupfer, Ian Hall, Coach Robin Amick, Cody Bennett and kneeling is Sullivan French. 

IRMO – Dutch Fork Middle School’s VEX Robotics team is headed back to the World Championship after being crowned Palmetto State VEX Competition Middle School tournament champions.

The team, consisting of four 8th graders includes: Cody Bennett, Sullivan French, Ian Hall and Paul Kupfer. The students worked on the design, build and program of their robot since the beginning of the school year in August to compete.

In the VEX Robotics Competition, the teams play against others in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications and more.

“As the coach, it is very rewarding to see these young people achieve success as they learn about the engineering process,” said Dutch Fork Middle teacher and VEX Robotics coach Robin Amick. “They work so hard to generate ideas, troubleshoot issues, develop a final product and grow both as individuals and a team. They have given countless hours of their time and I am so proud of them!”

As South Carolina state champions, Dutch Fork Middle will compete in April at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky with over 160 teams from around the world.

“What an incredible achievement for Ms. Amick and her students to be crowned the best in the state of South Carolina in VEX Robotics,” said Dutch Fork Middle principal Vernon Sava. “We are so excited to see them represent and show their Fox Pride on the world stage next month!”


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