Two Valley secondary school teams successfully qualified to
compete in the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky in April.
Students from Mark R. Isfeld Secondary captured first place Saturday at the Vancouver Island
Regional Tournament hosted at Isfeld on a team paired with students from Victoria’s Claremont
Secondary.
Emalee Box, Kyle LeBlanc, AJ Grey, and Evan Claassen, representing Isfeld 1136A team will
be joined by the NIDES 7842F team whose robot skills involving autonomous programming and
driving pushed them into a position that also earn them a berth into the VEX Worlds.
This will be the first time for members on the winning team to advance beyond the provincial
level to represent Vancouver Island on the world stage as one of a handful of regions across
Canada.

“It was an absolutely fantastic event,” stated tournament organizer Steve Claassen, a Comox
Valley Schools Careers Coordinators. “Our region and the Island have produced some brilliant
engineering and robotics students over the years that have been very competitive on the national
and world stage.”
Claassen attributes the success of these students to teachers offering specialty programs such as
the ENTER program (NIDES), Physics and Engineering and iMaker in the schools along with
dedicated parents that support their kids here in the Valley.
The Mark R. Isfeld and NIDES teams have one and a half months to prepare for the worlds.
Interested in helping sponsor these students getting to the worlds? Contact Steve Claassen for
more information, steve.claassen@sd71.bc.ca.

Mary Lee

Manager of Communications, Comox Valley Schools (School District 71)