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North Syracuse Central School Junior High School Hosts First-Ever Robotics Competition on Saturday, February 22

The North Syracuse Junior High School hosted its first ever VEX IQ Challenge, robotics competition on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Alex Parsons, a technology teacher at North Syracuse Junior High, is excited about bringing the competition to his own school. He began working with his students around robotics part way before the previous school year but really began gearing up for competition this year. Thanks to a 2018 grant from the North Syracuse Education Foundation, and support from parents and the school, Parsons was able to purchase VEX IQ Super Kits allowing more students to participate.
Parsons has a passion for robotics and the STEM skills his students are learning in a fun, hands-on way. Students learns to plan, design, program, build and control the bots and importantly work together toward a common goal.
The following awards were given at the competition: 
  • Design Award to Radical Robots from William H. Barton Intermediate School
  • Excellence Award to Irish Ducklings from Onondaga Hill Middle School
  • Teamwork Champion Award (VIQC) to Northstar Robotics Team A from North Syracuse Junior High School
  • Teamwork Champion Award (VIQC) to Klamm Klan from Onondaga Hill Middle School
  • Teamwork 2nd Place Award (VIQC) to NSBE JR G from Grant Middle School
  • Teamwork 2nd Place Award (VIQC) to Lightning Fast Sloths from Wheeler Elementary
  • Robot Skills Champion Award (VIQC) to Northstar Robotics Team A from North Syracuse Junior High School
  • Robot Skills Second Place Award (VIQC) to The Crackshots from Edward Smith K-8 School
  • Judges Award (VIQC) to [Co.R.E.] from Sandy Creek Middle School