Local robotics team qualifies for world competition

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 13, 2016)–The Irvington Prepatory Academy has qualified for the VEX Worlds robotics competition.

The “Robotic Ravens” will compete against 450 teams from around the world  in Louisville, Kentucky, April 20-23, 2016.

The team, now in their second year, has 16 students who participate in the after-school club.

On March 5th the Ravens went undefeated in qualifying rounds, finishing 6-0, with their robot ranked second out of 60 teams.

An upset at the quarterfinals earned them a spot as one of 12 teams representing Indiana in the world robot competition.

Robotics coach Andrew Mundell says, “Qualifying for this event is validation of all the hours of work theses students have put into the robot named Blastoise. ”

Mundell continued, “Our motto this year has been ‘made stronger by every failure’ because we want to respond to difficulties with a positive attitude.  Once we identify a flaw in our robot, we can use that to direct ourselves in improving it. ”

The estimated cost of the trip to Louisville is $2,000. The robotics team hopes to raise the money it will take to get them to the world competition through various fund raisers and donations.

Anyone interested in supporting the Robotic Ravens can contact Mr. Mundell at amundell@ics-charter.org.

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