VEX World Championship
Kentucky April 22-28, 2017
CODIUS MAXIMUS - The all girls team from California who love a good challenge - especially if it involves messing about with robots. Go girls!!!!! Team photos provided by Diana of Accent Portraits.
Blazing a trail in the coding world is the Coding Queens, an all girls team from California. Now what was that they sang about Californian girls? Beach Boys take note, maybe time for a new take on the original great song! As you can see from the pictures on this page, by way of a media review, this team, obviously with an amazing level of tutorage from their teachers, is making headlines locally in the US, and are about to enter the world stage.
One can only stand back in awe at their achievement and professionalism at just ten. Wow! And what a fantastic website, with great pictures to boot. These young ladies cannot enter the Miss Ocean competition due to age restrictions, but they are honorary title holders in our books as: 'Junior Miss Oceans,' due to their incredible commitment to robotics no matter where they come in the Vex IQ competition.
Naturally, as the organization that is taking over the SeaVax project from May of this year, we are thrilled that the Coding Queens included us in their presentations. It's wonderful to know that across the Atlantic our US cousins are as worried about ocean pollution as we are. We love the model that the team made of SeaVax, stand and all.
But most of all we were stunned at the quality of the display stand that would put many professional exhibition companies to shame. It's a fantastic effort and no wonder that this all girls team have come so far already.
What is their secret? Well, we don't know what goes on behind the scenes, but we do know that when they research a topic, they pull out all the stops to the point of quizzing our admin, one of our engineers and our most junior roboteer, about how SeaVax differentiates between fish and plastic- and thanks for asking. The reason? So that they can present knowledgably. It is that level of commitment that make all the difference in any subject. It is important that when speaking on a subject that you know about it.
We consider that robotics is one of the most important technologies for the advancement of the human race - because robots can do things that humans cannot, faster, safer and more economically - and that means that these young ladies and those like her in the VEX competitions are likely to make valuable contributions to the future of mankind. Robotics is also great fun and so is competing in such a brilliant arena. Gladiators, we salute you!!!
We wish the Coding Queens all the very best in Kentucky in April.
GRAPHICS - If they ever get bored with making robots do stuff, this team could always carve a career in the world of exhibiting. We love this display and the model that must have taken a lot of time and care to make. Team photos provided by Diana of Accent Portraits.
GO FUND ME - 5TH GRADE ALL GIRLS ROBOTICS TEAM
WHO WE ARE
Meet the John Malcom Elementary Coding Queens! A 5th grade ALL GIRLS Robotics team from John S. Malcom Elementary School in Laguna Niguel, CA.
We are thrilled for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and that for the first time in our school history enough enthusiastic girls signed up this year to form their own girl-powered team in hopes of furthering the winning legacy that our awesome 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Reimer, started 4 years ago.
Our teacher believes she is preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrows Jobs.
WE NEED YOUR
HOW YOU CAN HELP US
CQ6 SIX AMAZING PROGRAMMERS - Add the tuition and encouragement of an inspirational teacher or two and some great parental guidance and this is what you get. An all-girls robotics team who use their skills and passion to compete in a technological world. Team photos provided by Diana of Accent Portraits.
Competing on a state and worldwide level competition is very exciting but will require extensive resources. We are contacting local businesses and individuals to inquire about possible corporate or individual donations to help make this trip a reality for all of 6 girls, in addition to their coach and teacher, and parent supervisors. Your help will assist our team to achieve their goal of bringing home a WIN from Kentucky and facilitate a whole lot of inspiration to a lot of other young ladies who may follow in the Coding Queen's footsteps in future years.
CODING QUEENS CONTACTS
PRIZES - That's a lot of trophies ladies. Keep this up and you'll need bigger mantelpieces to put them on
PLASTIC - Yes, plastic is essential to our modern lifestyle, but we must learn to be more careful where we dispose of it. 100% recycling is what is required, or at least as close as we clever humans can get to that.
They may be small, but they are mighty. They’re known as the Coding Queens, and while they discuss their robot “Zippy” and wear T-shirts with their crown logo, it’s easy to see why.
The group of John S. Malcom Elementary School fifth graders compete in VEX Robotics competitions, in which they design, build and code robots to do specific actions.
“They have to sit down and come up with a robot that would accomplish the tasks of this year’s game,” said San Clemente resident and John S. Malcom Elementary teacher Mona Reimer. “It’s not the Ikea kit; there are hundreds of little pieces.”
This year’s game has the girls working with another team during a 60-second long match to score points by using robots to move “Hexballs” into a colored zone and then parking and balancing both robots on a teetering bridge.
This part of the competition is called Alliance, which is just one part of the day-long competition.
There’s also an autonomous aspect of the competition where the robot is running all on code. Then there is a project to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) lessons. The Queens’ project is a robot that can help clean plastic from the ocean.
“The topic was technology in our communities, and we decided the ocean is a big part of our community,” said team member Adalee Geiss. “We looked into how a robot can help clean up the plastic, and that’s the SeaVax.”
The SeaVax is a solar and wind powered ocean vacuum ship that’s designed to filter and process plastic waste from seawater.
The girls are 10 and 11 years old and reside in Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano. Many of them play more than one instrument, are involved with sports and now can say they’re going to compete in a world championship.
“As a coach, I got a packet of how to coach girls, and it said you might find they are a bit more passive and their opinions may be hindered down with the boys around them, but that was not this team,” said volunteer coach Yazan Malkosh. “They were very opinionated and very strong in regards to how they thought things should work.”
Around him, the six girls smiled and nodded. They agreed that they’re all opinionated, especially when it comes to “Zippy.”
“They have a methodology of how this team should work,” Malkosh said. “I found that everyone is a leader; it’s something we’re still working on.”
Reimer has been teaching science in Capistrano Unified School District for more than 30 years and has been a leader of the robotics team for the last five. This is the first time she’s had an all-girls’ team.
So far, they’ve been successful.
“They’ve come out in first place in Alliance two times and second place once. Their design notebook has won them a ticket to State,” Reimer said. “Our goal is to continue to do well so they have the opportunity to compete in a truly international competition.”
At the time of the interview, the Coding Queens’ goal was to make it to Worlds, and come the afternoon before print deadline the parents on the team found out that their goal was about to become reality.
The girls have met in The Cave, a condo where their supplies are kept, every Sunday for at least two hours, they said, and sometimes more during the week.
“It’s unbelievable that they’re able to do all of that while they’re in school,” Malkosh said.
Riley Divel said the group enjoys what they do and loves getting to spend time together.
“I really like working with girls who want to do what I want to do,” Riley said. “I love to be able to work with people who are like, ‘Yeah, come on, girl power!’ It’s really amazing to not be able to have these friends at school but to have them on such a great team and great coaches.”
Not only are the girls learning important skills for future careers, but Malkosh said since they work with other teams during the competition, it teaches them about negotiation.
“The game board is set, but the other team’s robot you have no clue what it could be,” Malkosh said. “You might be set up with a large robot that’s difficult to maneuver.”
A few of the girls said they hope to work with engineering or robots in the future, for which they believe this program will prepare them.
“It’s amazing how six girls from an average place can make a difference,” said Maryan Malkosh, a team member. “It’s really amazing how we can build a robot, program it, design it and enter it into competitions.”
Sophia Mantucca said her favorite part of the program was that her teammates were so positive.
“We never give up,” Sophia said. “Mostly.”
Team member Lily Placey agreed and added that the program was amazing. “I know probably when my mom was younger she didn’t have this kind of program,” Lily said. “Now that we have it, it can really start our futures. We all have big dreams.”
Information about the Coding Queens can be found at www.codingqueens.net, and if interested in helping the team travel to their worlds competition, visit www.codingqueens.net/donate, then head to their GoFundMe account. By Kristina Pritchett
MOCK JUDGING - Presenting is not easy, it takes practice. The more you try, the more you learn.
THE MILESTONE POST 7 MARCH 2017
Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), an innovator in artificial intelligence and robotics, has partnered with Milestone Systems, the globally leading developer of video management software, to support the all-girls
robotics team Coding Queens. The initiative was launched to promote education in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and robotics fields. The team of six fifth graders from John S. Malcolm Elementary will compete with their claw-bot, “Zippy,” in the 2017 VEX IQ State Championship on Sunday, March 12, in Pomona, Calif.
To learn more, visit www.roboticassistancedevices.com or follow on Twitter @RADbotsecurity.
CALIFORNIA GIRLS - The Coding Queens team is unique in that they were the youngest team to compete in the 2016 VEX IQ Regional event in December out of 23 teams.
MOCK JUDGING - 24 NOV 2015
A couple weeks before our first qualifier, we were invited to a meeting with the Coding Queens, a rookie FLL team from the elementary school we attended. During the meeting, we mock judged in all three categories (project, robot, and core values).
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VEX Worlds Program Book
The VEX Worlds Program Book contains all the information you need to make your trip to Louisville a memorable one, with the event agenda, shuttle and hotel information, local attractions, Show Your Badge discounts, the VEX Worlds team party and much, much more.
Robot Shipping Option
The REC Foundation Store
Located in the North Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center next to the HEXBUG booth and the STEM Hall of Fame, the REC Foundation Store will be open for teams looking for VEX Robotics parts at VEX Worlds.
Orders can be placed online at the store's website using a credit card from any connected device (computer, tablet, mobile phone) at any time during the event. After placing an order, customers will be notified via email when the order is ready for pickup. Once notified, simply come to an Order Pickup window with your order number.
Pre-orders for items will be accepted online starting on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Pre-orders placed prior to the event will be ready at the REC Foundation store when it opens on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 12 p.m. Cash will be accepted for orders at the Customer Service window during the store’s normal hours.
There will also be self-service ordering stations at the REC Foundation store for ordering in-person by credit card. Using the online store on your device for ordering is recommended to get your parts as quickly as possible. Visit the store's customer service windows if you have any questions or need assistance with anything!
There is no guarantee that the store's inventory will last throughout the event, so please plan ahead and bring a good supply of spare parts with you.
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VEX Worlds Guidebook Apps
VEX Worlds 2017 has gone mobile! Follow the directions linked below for each VEX Worlds Division to get the free app. Check out your schedule, exhibitors, maps, and more!
Click here for the VEX Worlds 2017 Venue Map.
Team Email Blast Archive
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GETTING THERE - The Kentucky Exposition Center is located at the junction of Interstate 65 and Interstate 264, making it easily accessible for drivers coming from any direction. For visitors flying in, we are located across from the Louisville International Airport and a short seven minutes from downtown.
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