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Richmond 5th Grade ‘Bionic Super Freaks’ Competing in National Technology Challenge

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Six fifth-graders from Richmond Elementary School are competing in the invitational round of the 2017-2018 Wonder League Robotics. The students, competing under the ‘Bionic Super Freaks’ team name, are learning creative problem solving, coding and robotics by competing against more than 22,000 students in collaborative teams to design solutions to science and technology challenges.

More than 7,100 teams from 63 countries participated in this year’s competition. Teams in the US hailed from every state, with significant participation from California, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.

Richmond School’s Bionic Super Freaks are Weston Glover, Connor Kirack, Alex Shaw, Sam Blue, Marcus Owen and Kawika Hathaway.

The Wonder League is a growing, worldwide network of elementary coding and robotics clubs using Wonder Workshop’s all-inclusive program to inspire an early love of coding, computer science, tangible learning and STEM education. Clubs form through schools, communities, homes, and friendship. Teams of students between the ages of 6 and 12 with access to one set of Dash & Dot robots – which students program using code – participate in the Robotics Competition, where they develop problem solving, growth mindset and creativity skills through learning to code.

The team is sponsored by Mrs. Dede Heimbigner, 5th Grade Teacher at Richmond. Heimbigner said that their accomplishments stem from the hard work and dedication that students have put into the competition since November when it began. She said, “The students have dedicated hours and hours of their personal time working towards this goal. They have met before and after school, during winter break, and spring break. They have worked remarkably well together and have brought each of their individual strengths to the team.”

“We are inspired by the incredible response to this year’s Wonder League competition. To see the number of teams participating continue to grow points to what we all know to be true: all kids love putting their boundless imaginations and intuitive problem-solving skills to work in concrete environments,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Wonder Workshop.

“As parents and teachers, by providing all kids with access to robotics and coding today, we are giving rise to a far more diverse future generation of creators and problem solvers.”

Good job Bionic Super Freaks!

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4 Responses to Richmond 5th Grade ‘Bionic Super Freaks’ Competing in National Technology Challenge

  1. Anthony Fleming

    Anthony Fleming

    Friday, April 6th, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Lacy Weaver

  2. Tim Andersen

    Tim Andersen

    Friday, April 6th, 2018 at 2:01 pm


  3. Robert King

    Robert King

    Friday, April 6th, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Way 2 Go FReaks

  4. Jay Stewart

    Jay Stewart

    Friday, April 6th, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Go Richmond!

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