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Thumbnail Image for Article 258Andover students compete in WSU Mindstorms Challenge
Posted Date: 06/10/2015

On March 7, nine Andover teams made up of 3rd-8th grade students competed in WSU's Mindstorms Challenge. This year's event had a theme of "Dr. Wu" and attracted 36 teams from Kansas and Oklahoma and more than 600 student competitors and spectators.

Students spend months preparing for the Shocker Mindstorms Challenge, developing their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, as well as teamwork, sportsmanship and communication. On competition day, teams try to score the most points by running LEGO robots through obstacle courses designed by College of Engineering students. They are also required to demonstrate what they learned through presentations, team displays and notebooks. Sportsmanship and spirit are judged throughout the day to promote collaboration and teamwork.

Geek Squad.docx, made up of ACMS students, placed 2nd in the Intermediate division while the Anderby Dalek Hunters, also of ACMS, placed 4th in the division. The IVEA team, made up of Andover students, placed 2nd in the Beginner II division and the Bot Bombs from Wheatland elementary, placed 3rd in the Beginner division. The Galilego Builders, of ACMS, scored highest on Spirit & Sportmanship in the Expert division.