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Elementary kids compete in Worlds Robotics Competition Robotics

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Three students from Daves Creek Elementary School brought home an international award from the Vex IQ World’s Robotics competition this month in Kentucky.

The robot they designed, built and programmed competed against 400 other teams in the international competition, bringing home second place in the competition.

"Yes, the kids are creating a robot, but it's a lot more than that. They are learning excellent collaboration skills, communication skills," says Colleen Woodman, Robotics Coach at Dave’s Creek.

Woodman believes robotics is vital to the children’s education.

"Well it's really important because what we are doing we are developing 21 Century learners," she says.

This is a rookie robotics team, so they have never competed on a scale like this.

Pranav Bhagam, a 5th-grade member of the team, says "We went there just to have fun and just see the experience.  No one ever imagined of winning the division and making it to the world finals and even placing second there."

They worked with a team from China in that final challenge. Language barriers made it difficult.

"We had a little harder time than we had with the US teams communicating. But all manage to get through it because we all speak the language of robotics." Bhagam says.

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