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Go, go, robot! East Texas students use their brain power

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Go...go...robot! That's what students at LeTourneau University were saying this week. Nearly 400 students from all over East Texas came with their "A" game for the region seven robots competition.

At Carny Bots Carnival Capers a whole lot of competing was going on. There were Lego robots on wheels everywhere. Students were there to put their own programmed robots to the test and become the best.

"Robotics is a very, very fun program," said Kelsey Long. "I've loved it and looked forward to it all year. We go on many competitions but this is definitely the highlight of them." 

Kelsey, Lady, and Brandy are three Bullard Middle School robotic students that go by the group name, Lady Paws.

"We're very much into it," said Kelsey. "The program's pretty stressful and getting the robot to communicate right. It's pretty stressful but we keep going cause we love it!

For Kelsey and her team, getting their robot buddy to win was a challenge they were up for.

"When we get in that room whether you've practiced 10 times are 100 it's just what you show up at the table as," said Kelsey.

And, showing up was what the, Teenager Robots group from Lufkin Middle School did. In just one round they placed second, and their math teacher couldn't be prouder.

"They teach me more some days than I think I'm teaching them because they come up with neat things on there own," said Rich Geist. "The robot you might consider a toy, but it's really a great teaching tool."

"Learning about all of this has really gotten me thinking about my future," said Vaughan Lynn, an eighth grader at Lufkin Middle School. "I would really like to go to college to be an aerospace engineer. That is the one thing I'm looking at all the way."

"All the way" for him and the other robotic students...that will hopefully bring a win.

So, who are were the top three middle school scorers in the arena competition? Panola Charter School came in first place. New Diana came in second place. Lufkin Middle School placed third.

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