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"This Shouldn't Have Worked," "Hunk of Junk," and "The Dumpster Divers"

At Rivermont we value Intellect, Character, and Creativity. Programs like robotics provide a platform to showcase all three of these pillars in one setting. Since the beginning of the school year, our 5-8th grade robotics teams have spent countless hours building and programming a robot in an effort to present a solution to a real world problem. This past weekend the three Rivermont robotics teams competed in the regional competition at the Putnam Museum. We are proud of each team and their achievements.

This Shouldnt Have Worked
The fifth grade team, This Shouldn't Have Worked, received the Judges' Award. This award is given to a team that the judges feel displays overall FLL values, has fun, and brings energy to the competition. Team members are: Chris Fernandez, Andrea Porubcin, Calvin Curcija, Zach Adams, Aidan Sears and Nirmal Alla. This is the first year any of these students have competed, and the coaches could not be more proud of how they handled the pressure of a competition day and how they shined.

Hunk Of Jink
The Middle School team, Hunk of Junk, received the overall Project Award. This award is given to a team that solves a problem using an innovative solution. Their solution was to encourage people to recycle pizza boxes by creating an aluminum liner to prevent food from getting on the box, so the box can be recycled. Team members are: Keval Wagher, Jacob Hansen, Marvin Roebuck, Tristan Wakefield, Riley Bicknese, Rohan Abernathy Wee and Kadin Shaheen.

Dumpster Divers
The Middle School team, The Dumpster Divers, received an invitation to the State Competition on January 16th at Iowa State University! Team members are: Asha Alla, Grace Sampson, Olivia Schroeder, Nandini Reddy and Claire Westphal.

Thank you to the coaches, Leigh Ann Schroeder and Jenna McAdam, as well as the many parent volunteers who helped make the robotics season so spectacular.

Congratulations to all the teams and the great way in which they demonstrated Rivermont's pillars. Good luck to The Dumpster Divers as they prepare to compete at the next level!

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