VEX IQ Califonia Girls Team, Coding Queens

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COMPETITION ROBOTS - By its nature, the study of competitive robotics not only encompasses all four pillars of STEM education (Science - Technology - Engineering - Maths), but also encourages important life skills like teamwork, communication, and project-based organization. The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation exists to bring this exciting experience to students all over the globe through the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U.



In the VEX Competitions - presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation - teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April!

A STEM Education Revolution for Elementary and Middle School:

- Key Stages 2 and 3, Primary & Secondary Schools
- Teamwork Challenge: Two teams working together to maximise their score
- Robot Skills Challenge: One robot & driver playing alone against the clock
- Programming Skills Challenge: One robot using sensors to run autonomously
- STEM Research Project: Research and present on a STEM theme
- Local, regional, national, and world competitions 

The VEX family of competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 16,000 teams from 40 countries playing in over 1,350 tournaments worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game.

For the 2016-17 season, participants in the VEX IQ Challenge are playing Crossover, while participants in the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U are playing Starstruck.



The Coding Queen's model of SeaVax complete with stand


THE CODING QUEENS - The Coding Queens are a 5th Grade all girls robotics team from California. They made this superb model of the SeaVax ocean cleanup robot, even mounting it on a display stand. They researched, prepared for a speech and gave the presentation they had planned for the VEX robotics challenges in 2017. All their hard work paid off because from this series of wins they went on to the VEX IQ worlds in Kentucky, Louisville in April. Nice one girls.





Meet the John Malcom Elementary Coding Queens! A 5th grade ALL GIRLS Robotics team from John S. Malcom Elementary School in Laguna Niguel, CA.

We are thrilled for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and that for the first time in our school history enough enthusiastic girls signed up this year to form their own girl-powered team in hopes of furthering the winning legacy that our awesome 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Reimer, started 4 years ago.

Our teacher believes she is preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrows Jobs....but we are just excited to learn more!

Together with the support of our AMAZING volunteer-coach, Yazan Malkosh, and the support of all of the girls' families, we have embarked on an incredible journey that has exceeded our imaginations.... far beyond that first day we warned of how much hard work was involved.

We are participating in the 2016-2017 VEX Robotics Competition. This is the largest elementary, middle and high school robotics program in the world! Yes, this is quite an undertaking, but we know WE ARE CAPABLE!

This program involves both research projects and robotics. For the research project, the Coding Queens have chosen the Seavax, a solar powered vacuum that may be the solution to plastic ocean pollution!

The CQ's are enthusiastic and determined in their learning.

The girls have created and coded their own clawbot, who is fondly referred to as, "Zippy". 

It’s been an exciting start to our journey, however both our teacher and coach have also taught us the power of REFINING and EVOLVING our projects and robot designs....we know we have a long way to go, and we are up for the challenge!




JOHN MALCOLM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - The girls from Laguna Niguel, California, with Nona Reimer, the teacher who is helping them to meet the challenges that is robotics. They are looking to raise $15,000 to further their chosen career path in robotics and science. Please help them to realize their dream if you can. Click on the picture above and give them a helping hand.




We just competed at the VEX IQ San Diego Regional event and took 1st place for the Teamwork Award (robotics)....which earned us a ticket to the State VEX IQ Championship!!!

State VEX IQ Championship will be held in Pomona in March of 2017. We have also registered to compete at multiple events between now and then to help us grow.

Our ultimate goal at the State Championship is to win a ticket to compete in the VEX IQ ELEMENTARY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, which is held in April in Louisville, Kentucky. Over 29 Countries compete in the World Championship!!! How amazing it would feel to attend!

We're overjoyed with our overall success so far, however we are nervous about our upcoming final competition. Our teacher keeps reminding us: “they are the best in the world!”. We need your help.





Competing on a state and worldwide level competition is very exciting but will require extensive resources. We are contacting local businesses and individuals to inquire about possible corporate or individual donations to help make this trip a reality for all of 6 girls, in addition to their coach and teacher, and parent supervisors. Your help will assist our team to achieve their goal of bringing home a WIN from Kentucky and facilitate a whole lot of inspiration to a lot of other young ladies who may follow in the Coding Queen's footsteps in future years.

Please contact Nona Reimer -- for further information about the program.

we would be honored for your consideration and support for the success of our FEMALE FUTURE SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS.

Tax-deductible contributions in any increment can also be made to:
John Malcom Elementary School PTA
Attn: Coding Queens
32261 Charles Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Please help them to spread the word! 



Ryan and his half size (1/2) model of the AmphiMax model.


RYAN'S MINIMAX - On Sunday the 22nd of January 2017, Ryan Dusart (seen above with his MiniMax boat launcher) joined in a skype conversation with the Coding Queens, as the most junior SeaVax team member. The Coding Queens were keen to learn how the SeaVax design evolved and what methods were being employed to identify plastic and collect waste from the oceans without harming marine life. The MiniMax will be radio controlled and used to familiarize Ryan with driving such machines into the water to simulate SeaVax launches and recoveries.



Ryan Dusart getting to know Dino the Dionbot giant robot ant


GIANT HEXAPOD - Let loose in the robot store, Ryan checks out the range of movement of the neck joint of a robot based on an animal (insect) that can carry over 100 times it's body weight (not the robot sadly). Learning to program computers to control robots using Lego Mindstorms, MakeBlock and other STEM learning aids does not include structural design, welding or other engineering problems, students can just concentrate on learning how to make machines obey digital commands using plug and play components. The engineering grunt comes after the intellectual workout. This machine could carry wounded people from a dangerous crash or earthquake site.





Science, Technology, Engineering and Math = STEM.


The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math - subjects collectively known as STEM.

Yet today, few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields—and we have an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects. That’s why President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital fields.



VEX WORLDS 2016 robotics competition, Kentucky, Louisville, USA


GUINNESS WORLD RECORD - The event last year set a new world robotics record.





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Greenville, TX 75404






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Nuffield Research Placements offer over 1000 funded placements a year to UK students wanting to get an insight into the world of scientific,  research and development, including areas of technology, engineering and maths.


Placements are offered to students in Year 12 studying STEM subjects. Through the scheme, students get the opportunity to work alongside practicing scientists, technologist, engineers and mathematicians in the workplace. Placements last four to six weeks, in universities, industry or research institutions during the summer holidays.


There are no upfront costs to project providers. All we ask you to offer is the premises and you/your staff's time to supervise the students. The students' travel costs are covered and there is an additional bursary for those from low income backgrounds.


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What do I need to know about the Engineering Education Scheme?


The Engineering Education Schem(EES) in England & Scotland is an EDT Programme which links teams of talented and motivated Year 12 (age 16/17) students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. The scheme runs from October to April each year. 


The scheme provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career.


Working with young people on the EES makes a huge difference to your business. EES students offer a fresh perspective and can support skill development of existing employees. 


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