Desert Mirage Students to Compete in Vex World Robotics Championship Three teams will travel to Kentucky to show their amazing technology and engineering talents

Three teams of students from Desert Mirage Elementary School in Glendale, AZ have earned the opportunity to represent the Pendergast Elementary School District at the 2017 Vex Worlds - Vex IQ Robotics Challenge in Louisville, Kentucky.

Desert Mirage Robotic Teams showed off their robotics skills at the March, 2017 Governing Board Meeting.

This fall, 2017, Desert Mirage Elementary School students represented PESD92 in a Vex IQ Robotics competition for the first time. The teams from Desert Mirage started meeting and planning in August 2016 to prepare for the 2016-2017 robotics season. Throughout the season, students practiced under the guidance of their teacher-coaches and attended five matches on Fridays and Saturdays. As a result of their outstanding performance throughout the season, their teams received an invitation to participate in the state competition to qualify for World Championships. Congratulations to Team Bastion, Team Tech-No-Logics, and Team Robocats and their coach, Mr. Chris Strickland.

According to Dr. Lily DeBlieux, Pendergast Superintendent, “This is an outstanding example of our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Academy (S.T.E.A.M.) education at work. We are so proud of them and we hope our community will step forward to help with donations for their competition. We wish them the best of luck and we believe in their capabilities and success.”

To donate needed funds to help these students compete in the Vex World Championship in Louisville, KY, please click on the "DONATE TO DM ROBOTICS" button and search for Desert Mirage Robotics or contact Dr. Jen Cruz, Director of Innovative Academic Initiatives at (623) 772-2297 or

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