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2020 VEX Robotics Competition a Stem Education Initiative Success

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For years, Dyplast has supported local STEM education initiatives with staff commitment as well as dollars, and now takes great pleasure in congratulating the Tournament Champions.

Students standing around robot at competition

Rockway Middle School Robotics teams and Miami Coral Park Senior High School team secured four top spots at the 2020 VEX Robotics Competition hosted at Mater Academy Charter School this past Saturday, January 18, 2020. Fifty-three south Floridian middle and high school student-led robotics teams competed against each other in a series of head-to-head robotic challenges or against a clock working either autonomously or controlled by a student driver.

Rockway Middle School’s student team, “Rockbots”, were the recipients of the prestigious Excellence Award and Robot Skills Champion (VRC) Award at this South Florida State Qualifying 'Tower Takeover' event attaining the highest overall score of 48 points. Miami Coral Park Senior High School’s team, “Ramtech”, came in behind the Rockbots, attaining an overall score of 39 and taking home the Tournament Alliance Champions Award. The Design Award (VIQC) was awarded to Rockway Middle “All Girls” robotics team, “ROCK-G-BOTS”. The RMS Rockbots are currently placed at the number one ranked position in the state of Florida!

Three students working on robot with tools

“I’m very proud of the extraordinary work the robotics teams over at Rockway Middle and at Miami Coral Park Senior High have accomplished particularly earning top honors in 4 out of the 10 awards presented,” said Mili Rengifo, Director of the Rockway Middle School Robotics team. “Congratulations to all the team members, for their hard work and earning a spot to compete at the VEX Florida State Championship.”

All three teams now qualify to attend the South Florida VEX Robotics VRC and IQ Championship scheduled to take place next February 16th, 2020 in Lakeland Florida (Middle Schools) and Miami, FL (High Schools).

Dyplast would like to thank Miami Coral Park Senior High’s Director of Engineering and Robotics, Charlie De la Hoz, who over the years has steered the community’s young ones and motivated them to pursue their best in Engineering and Robotics. Also, a big shoutout to Ms. Mili Rengifo for preparing those students at an earlier stage, setting the field for their bright futures. Both of these program directors have amassed numerous awards throughout their careers including Regional/State Championships, World Ranked Teams, STEM Designation Awards, Top Engineering Universities placements, and educating students who have later received the prestigious and hard-to-earn Gates Scholarships.

Looking to get involved? Visit the RMS Robotics Team Go Fund me page,  and RamTech59 Robotics PayPal.