At SUSD, we are WAY into Robotics! From elementary school through high school, robotics programs are the perfect blend of science, math, critical thinking and working collaboratively to design, build and operate robots of varying sized and abilities.
The fun part comes when school teams take their robots to regional and state competitions. If you’ve never been to a robotics tournament, it is intense, loud and FUN!
This year, Desert Canyon Middle School’s DC Voltz robotics team put together an impressive series of accomplishments, culminating in taking part in the state FIRST Lego League State Championship at ASU last month, along with 40 or so other elementary and middle school teams from around Arizona.
At its conclusion, the DC Voltz team was recognized with the 1st place trophy for being the team that best exemplified FIRST’s Core Values and philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Co-oper-tition: that’s cooperation and competition combined!
Mr. Bloom reports that these students and this team display extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, recognize that they can accomplish more together than they can individually, and show respect for each other and other teams at all times. That’s impressive!
Of course, that spirit has much to do with who is leading it, and that’s Mr. Bloom, who was honored with the state FLL tournament’s Coach/Mentor Award for inspiring the Voltz to succeed, both as a team and as individuals: Leadership and guidance at its finest.
Congratulations, DC Voltz and Mr. Bloom.
(Members of DC Voltz: Hailey Ahart, Eric Burchard, Johndavid Cannon, Dax Janson, Jude Larsen, Issiah Mariscal, Brayden Nelson and Griffin Stalzer)