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Members of various OLM robotics teams smile together on Jan. 24 at the VEX Robotics Tournament hosted on the school’s campus. Photos submitted
Students operate handmade robots during a robotics tournament at OLM.
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2:53 pm PST February 9, 2015

Our Lady of Malibu School 

Budding builders

On Jan. 24, Our Lady of Malibu School hosted a VEX Robotics Tournament on its campus. 

Fifteen teams from around California competed for awards and a chance to advance to the California State Championship competition. OLM had three teams in the event and several of its students spent the best part of a day competing with and against talented teams from other schools. 

Awards were presented for excellence, teamwork, programming, driving skills, design and STEM research. In the finalist ranking for teamwork, two of the OLM teams took third and fourth place. In programming skills one of OLM’s teams placed first and received a trophy that can be viewed in the school’s trophy case. That team was able to present the trophy to Mr. Smith at Monday’s assembly. In addition to the trophy all three of OLM’s robot teams have achieved world rankings this year. In driving skills the Malibu Mechanized Team is now ranked No. 598, the Surfer Robots are No. 520 and the Electric Waves are No. 396. In programming skills Malibu Mechanized is ranked No. 175 and the Electric Waves are tied at No. 39. Their rankings are in ratio to a few thousand teams worldwide. OLM would like to thank all the volunteers who helped — Eric Himburg, Tom Vandergon, Gini Vandergon, Denise Joyce, Vanda Collins, Susan Johnson Fox, Katy Kamen, Jennifer Medrano and Evelyn Himburg — and to Glen Sunyich for the dedication and countless hours he spends teaching OLM students the skills they need to build, program and operate their robots.