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Richmond robotics team crowned provincial champions, heading to worlds

The VEX Robotics World Championship will take place in Texas next month.

Three teams from a Richmond robotics academy are heading to the world championships after winning at provincials earlier this month.

Western Pacific Robotics Academy Society's (WPRA) Wipeout Team was crowned middle school champion on March 2 at the provincial championships for the VEX Robotics Competition held at BCIT in Burnaby.

The win qualifies the team, made up of Eddie Gao and Charles Zhao, both 13, and 14-year-olds Thomas Qiu and Aaron Chen, for the upcoming VEX Robotics World Championship in Texas in April.

Two high school teams from Western Pacific Robotics, team 886Y and 77174B, will also be heading to worlds after winning the Amaze Award and the Build Award respectively.

Qualifying for worlds is a "significant achievement" as it is the "pinnacle event" of VEX robotics competitions, WPRA spokesperson Nevin Li told the Richmond News.

He added the achievement marks the students' hard work, diligence and teamwork, and signifies their work as among the best in the region or division,

To prepare for the world championships, which will be held from April 25 to May 3, students will be working on refining their robot designs, optimizing codes and coming up with new strategies.

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