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Team places high in robotics competition

Members of Laurel School RoboJackets team at the VEX World Robotics competition are pictured, from left, in front: Ethan Williams, Brandon Willis, Principal Lisa Baudendistel, TJ Prows; second row, Luke Estes, Jaisen DeHaven; and, in back, Hayden Cregar, Lance Fields, Austin Willis and Gabe Frazier.

LAUREL -- The Laurel School RoboJackets team placed 20th in its 80-team division and seventh in the division's final round at the VEX World Robotics Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

Team members left Laurel on April 29 for the competition, which lasted until May 2. It was center stage for 404 elementary teams from 49 different counties. 

Teams competed in teamwork challenges, working together to score points in their divisions.  The RoboJackets were in the Viking division.

Students could visited pit areas set up by each team. There, they could hear about different cultures and learn to communicate with students who spoke different languages and taste treats from places such as Mexico and Bahrain. Students also visited booths set up by companies and organizations such as UPS, NASA, Little Bits, Hexbug, Autodesk and Google.

Laurel RoboJacket team members include TJ Prows, Ethan Williams, Hayden Cregar, Lance Fields, Gabe Frazier, Katie Frazier, Austin Willis, Brandon Willis, Luke Estes and Jaisen DeHaven, manager. Coach is Carol Blake.