Quantum Flux, the team of six Millikan Middle School students that holds the state championship in robotics, is competing this week for in the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim.
The tournament, which runs through Saturday, is considered the world's largest educational and most highly competitive robotics program. The Millikan students will be competing against more than 760 teams representing 26 countries.
After seizing the prestigious “Excellence Award” at the state championships, Team Quantum Flux is the only middle school in Los Angeles Unified to advance to the latest competition.
“I feel this is an extraordinary achievement by the kids,” said Carlos Lauchu, Director of the Science Academy at Millikan. “Their dedication to their own success has gone above and beyond all of my expectations.”
The team's m embers are Jocelyn Shen, Jeffrey Shen, Aeden Gasser-Brennan, Marcos Perez, Seth Nicholson, and Isaiah Schwarz.
Each year, more than 500,000 students in the classroom and through after-school competitions worldwide, turn robotics into a captivating, hands-on sport that challenges both brainpower and teamwork skills.
Competitors at this level make up the world’s sharpest, most ambitious, technology-focused elementary school, middle school, high school, and university students. These young prodigies have committed their time and energy throughout the season designing, building, programming, and developing their own unique competition strategies.