The Board of Aldermen honored the Melrose VEX IQ Team 246B Monday night for receiving the Judge’s Award at the 2016 VEX IQ World Championship.
The team consists of three Roosevelt School 3rd Graders – Leonardo Garber, Gabriel Dixon and Maya Weissman – led by Coach Gary Garber. Their team was twice named “Teamwork Champions,” first at the winter qualifying tournament, and then again at the Southern New England Bank Shot Tournament. This title propelled them on to compete in the 2016 VEX IQ World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
At the World Championship they competed against more than 1100 teams ranging from 3rd grade to the college level. In the end they ranked an impressive #39 out of 71 teams in the elementary school division, and secured the Judge’s Award.
The judges consider criteria including team displays of “exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, or team accomplishments or endeavors throughout the season that may not fit under existing awards, but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition.”
The Melrose VEX IQ Team 246B received the Judge’s Award for honesty, genuineness and authenticity. Throughout the competition, the team had three interviews with the judges and shared their engineering notebook. The judges found that the team demonstrated an excellent understanding of their robot and the design process.
“The skill and the integrity that this team demonstrated to the judges to win this award makes us all proud,” said Alderman-at-Large Monica Medeiros who offered the resolution presented by the Board of Aldermen and signed onto by Mayor Robert Dolan.