Birmingham students win big in robotics competition

By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Asher Redd

A group of fifth graders from Martha Gaskins Elementary School competed in the Fall 2022 CoderZ League Robotics Competition and walked away with the title of Eastern United States Champions.

The school is part of the Birmingham City Schools system.

“This should not be considered or perceived as the end, but the beginning,” said fifth-grade teacher and robotics coach Yuvraj Verma.

Students were challenged to program a computer robot using codes to complete tasks and puzzles.

“They have so many more years in their lives, educationally as well as personally, where they can really do so much more and really expand on the knowledge and the information that they learned from this competition in careers and in education,” Verma said.

The team competed with more than 60 other school teams from across the eastern United States.

A team of six fifth-graders won the first place prize, and the school’s other team of five placed 12th.

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