|Robot Name:||VOLTaire 3.0|
|World Skills Rank:||N/A|
We are a blended, middle- and high-school team made up of students and alumni of Westwood Middle School in Morgantown, West Virginia. Our members include 6th graders to 12th graders. In the Zone is our third season competing in VEX Robotics Competition.
Our season started, as it always has, with a dumpster fire of a performance in Maryland. We learned a lot and continued to discover, explore and build better and better robots for every outing. We competed in five qualifiers in three states, and learned something new at each one. Our sister team, SteamBotics, worked hard on their side mission of encouraging more girls to get into STEM by participating in outreach work at the West Virginia Pop Culture Convention, roller derby events, school events, and REC Foundation Girl Powered events. This year, our team won three Tournament Champion awards, three Robot Skills awards, and an Amaze Award. SteamBotics won a Judges Award and a Design Award. Our other sibling team, Dumbledore's Army, won an Excellence Award.
Our program, Westwood VEX Robotics, currently sponsors three VRC teams, including SteamBotics, an all-girl team who embodies the spirit of Girl-Powered. They have held Girl-Powered events for the last two years, and started a Girls Who Code club at our school to expose more girls to the opportunities of STEM. We plan to further expand to add another team for the 2018-2019 season.