Ladue Middle School Robotics teams recently won major awards at the VEX Robotics Missouri State Championship.
The team of Madeline Awad (8), Kelly Bian (8), Dheeran Ramesh (6), and Saadhana Thota (8) was awarded the Design Award, given to the team with the most effective and efficient robot design process.
Meanwhile, the team of Brandon Barrett (8), Natalie Brunworth (8), Gene Gorman (6), and Ben Reiser (8) was awarded the Think Award, given to the team with the most impressive and effective autonomous programming.
Both teams will now advance to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship to be held in Texas in May.
The LMS Robotics teams are coached by LMS Industrial Technology teacher Eric Brown.
According to its website, the VEX Robotics Competition is the largest and fastest-growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 20,000 teams from 50 countries playing in more than 1,700 competitions worldwide.
Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game; students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round.