By Daniel T. Murphree 

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Pictured Jillian Bath, Eliora Pyle and Catherine Murphree.

Last month the David E. Norman Robotics Teams competed in another round of the VEX IQ Challenge Tournament at Lied STEM Academy in Las Vegas.  

This round of the tournament was full, with 40 different teams ranging from elementary to middle school level.

The tournament had the usual teamwork and skills challenges, but this time included a STEM project component where teams had to come up with a problem in their school or community that could be solved with mathematics, outline a proposed solution to the problem, and then make a video about their plan.  

In the STEM project competition, the DENBots brought home their first ever trophy won by the Blue Bunnies team (Jillian Bath, Eliora Pyle, and Catherine Murphree) for their project on repainting and adding more foursquare grids to the DEN playground.

In the teamwork challenge all of the DEN teams did well.  

The Super Stackers (Tahlia Aquino, Thomas Murphree, Kalli Ray, and Crichton Swetich) pulled off 14th place in the qualifying rounds to squeeze in to the finals where they defeated 3 other alliances to come in 5th place in the tournament.  

They were the only elementary level team out of 16 to make it in to the finals.

The other DEN teams finished 21st (the Minotaur team of Masson Blades, Caiden Castellano, Tegan Ricci, and Camdon Weaver), 30th (the Blue Bunnies), and 39th (the Rock Team of Merissa Carson, Neah DeLaCerda, Rebecca Murphree, and Brooklynn Reed) in the qualifying rounds and were not able to make it in to the finals.  

All tried hard and played their best.

In the skills competition the Minotaur team had the highest score of all elementary level competitors in the tournament, coming in 13th place overall with a score of 11.  

The other DENBot teams came in 16th (the Rock Team) with a score of 7, 18th (Super Stackers) with a score of 7, and 30th (Blue Bunnies) with a score of 3.

The DENBots will be back in Las Vegas this Saturday to compete in the Nevada State Tournament that decides who will go to the VEX IQ World’s Championship from our state.