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VEX Team ‘Squares Up’ to See who Comes out on Top

Five Cato-Meridian Middle Schoolers squared off against 48 other teams during the state-wide VEX IQ Challenge in Syracuse.


The group, led by middle school teacher Kevin McGowan, came in 16th place during the competition. During the “Squared Away” challenge students were tasked with stacking cubes to gain points.


The students, who have been working hard to get to this moment, built a robot from scratch. There were two components to the robot – driving the robot with a remote control and programming it. Sixth grader Devin Pollock said building the robot has been his favorite part so far.


“It’s a lot of problem-solving and teamwork. We all have to work together to figure it out or else (the robot) won’t work,” said Pollock.


Olivia Vitale, the only girl on the five-member team, said joining the team has been a great time and that getting to work together as a team has been fun.  


“I had to stay after to get help and saw my friends do it. I asked the teacher if I could join and he said yes. Once I felt more comfortable, I knew this was meant for me,” said Vitale.


Earlier this year the team took second place at a Vex Challenge in Oswego.

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