St. Benedict Catholic School is now known on the world stage thanks to students Lauren Wood and Lauren Baird who placed 10th in their division at the VEX IQ World Tournament. The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, provides elementary and middle school students with exciting, open-ended robotics challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

During the live remote event, over 1,600 teams from 30 countries and 49 US states competed in timed, heart-pounding robotics competition matches with their custom-built robots. Wood and Baird represented their region of Alabama as the only team in the Middle School division.

“I am so incredibly proud of these young women for their creativity and perseverance,” said SBCS Principal Dr. Kathy McCool. “They worked hard to design, create, and compete with their robot. And that hard work certainly paid off!”

St. Benedict Catholic School is proud to offer a robust STEM program where students can learn about technology and engineering while simultaneously improving math and reasoning skills. All students have a weekly STEM lab, where they have the opportunity to use different programs – from coding their very own interactive games to designing 3D models that come to life on a 3D printer.

St. Benedict Catholic School is currently enrolling students for PK3 – 8th grade for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information, you can visit or email the school registrar at


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St. Benedict Catholic School is a private Pre Kindergarten through Middle School serving the Baldwin County communities of Lillian, Elberta, Foley, Bon Secour, Magnolia Springs, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and surrounding areas in South Alabama.