A team from Immokalee High School went undefeated at the VEX Robotics tournament this past weekend in Miami. Considering Immokalee is a tiny, rural community in the Everglades, impressive enough. But this victory is even more interesting because the team was made up of only girls. The six girls beat 52 other teams.
Annika Hammerschlag | Naples Daily News
Immokalee High School’s robot Dragonzord is back for another season, but this time it’s girl-powered.
The six-person all-female team went undefeated at the VEX Robotics tournament Saturday in Miami, beating 52 other teams in its first robotics competition of the year.
“I’m hoping we stay humble and we don’t get too cocky.”
“We did surprisingly well,” said Dragonzord driver America Reyes, 15. “I’m hoping we stay humble and we don’t get too cocky.”
Immokalee’s robotics program is in its third year. The program consists of two robots powered by two teams: Megazord, made up of all boys, and Dragonzord, which is all girls.
Team members said they only noticed two other teams at the tournament that were all girls.
“People were just stunned that not only do we have a girl-powered team, but that our girl-powered team was as strong as it was,” said Immokalee robotics coach and engineering teacher Fred Rimmler. “Everyone else was taking pictures and aspiring to imitate them.”
Though Megazord wasn’t undefeated at the tournament, the team performed very well, and Dragonzord took notice. The all-girls teams chose to ally with the boys and a third team for the finals, ending the tournament as co-champions.
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The win qualified the teams for the Florida state championship in Tampa in February.