Adirondack students qualify for high-tech Sphero World Championships

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BOONVILLE — Over the past winter, a group of Adirondack Central School sixth-graders competed in the Sphero Global Challenge. The SGC is a contest that gives students the opportunity to go deeper with computational thinking, engineering, and programming skills while solving numerous science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and coding challenges.

The district team is coached by STEAM teacher Justin Wiedrick. The members of the Adirondack team include Drew Weber, Dominic Reppard, Logan Peters, Makayla Ward, Charlie Hinsdill, and Ryan
Girouard.

Teams work to identify problems and develop solutions that are submitted to the Sphero Global Challenge Committee. After the committee goes through the judging process they choose a select number of teams to compete in the Sphero World Championship. The Adirondack group recently were selected to compete in the World Championships, according to an announcement by school officials.

Last year only 15 teams out of 74 teams around the world made it to the championship round. In this round, the students will get new problems to solve and they will virtually present them to a panel of judges.

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