Robotics Team advances to National Invitational Round

Maple Street School fifth graders participating in the Wonder Workshop Robotics Challenge have advanced to the National Invitational Round. Team McDashold, comprised of Ryder Scott, Winhall; Luca Bowen, Arlington; Willem Vickers, Winhall; and Will Calder, Arlington, were one of 336 teams chosen out of 7,890 teams competing from 69 countries.

“I am so proud of the effort and tenacity of this team,” said Upper School Science Teacher

Suzanne Alfano. “They learned to work together, share ideas and achieve their goals. I am so excited for them to attack this last mission and put their best effort into it. Their whole class is behind them and cheering them on.”

Team McDashold and all of the competing teams worked on five “Missions” throughout the course of the fall, and submitted their work to Wonder Workshop in January. In this final round, they will compete on one last Mission throughout the month of March and submit their work to be judged. The top three teams will win a $5,000 STEM grant grand prize for their school.  

“This team of fifth graders has worked so diligently on this project, and I’m so excited to see their hard work pay off,” said Maple Street Head of School Fanning Hearon. “Mrs. Alfano has provided such a rich learning experience for her science students. They are able to code and understand the mechanics of robotics in a fun and engaging way.”

“The Wonder Workshop program is such a great way for our students to get experience in robotics and coding,” Alfano said. “It provides students with a way to code, plan, execute and change their strategy, which helps them learn the value of failure and persistence.”

Team McDashold will work on their last Mission throughout the month of March and submit their project for judging. Winners will be announced at the end of April.