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Flagstaff Academy Sends "Burgundy Dragons" VEX IQ Robotics Team to World

The Colorado State tournament for VEX IQ robotics took place on Saturday, March 2. Flagstaff Academy had five teams qualify to compete at a state level: three middle school teams and two elementary school teams.

After a very dramatic final competition, one Flagstaff Academy middle school team - The Burgundy Dragons - qualified for the VEX IQ World Championships which will take place in Louisville, Kentucky in April. Overall, the teams received the following awards:

Burgundy Dragons - Teamwork Champion Award

The Teamwork Challenge Champions Award is presented to the two team alliance that earned the highest score in the Teamwork Challenge Finals matches.

Magenta Dragons - Design Award

The Design Award is presented to a team that demonstrates the ability to implement the most effective and efficient robot design process. Their Engineering Notebook and discussion with the judges demonstrate the team’s ability to produce a quality robot with minimal adult assistance. This team’s Engineering Notebook is a clear, complete, and organized documentation of the robot design process that demonstrates effective management of skills, time, and material resources. Students on this team were able to explain how they developed an effective game strategy and robot design.

Emerald Dragons - Robot Skills Champion

The VEX IQ Robot Skills Champion Award is presented to the team with the highest combined Programming Skills Challenge and Driving Skills Challenge scores.

STEM Research Award - Emerald Dragons

The STEM Research Project Award is presented to the team that develops and delivers an effective research project presentation and demonstrates a significant depth of understanding of their research topic. Their research uses reliable sources and is well organized.

Flagstaff Academy will be holding a community pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 16 from 9-11 a.m. at Flagstaff Academy, 2040 Miller Dr., Longmont to help raise funds to send the Burgundy Dragon team to the World Championships. All proceeds will go to benefit the Robotics Team. The pancake breakfast is open to the public and costs $10 per person. Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased at:

Founded in 2005, Flagstaff Academy is a public, tuition-free charter school which has built an exceptional educational environment, developing the whole child through an award-winning Pre-K to 8th Grade Core Knowledge academic program. The curriculum is rich with experiential arts, hands-on science exploration, character education, and innovative technology integration.

Flagstaff Academy Middle School has been recognized as a 2019 Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch. To learn more,


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