Hackett Robotic Teams Take Top Awards

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The winter weather kept the Hackett robotic teams from participating in the award ceremony, which was held Saturday, January 19. However, they were notified that both teams had won an award.

The Dabbin’ Dragons were named Rookies of the Year, and Team Terminator won second place for their presentation. Being awarded with these top honors is commendable, as this program is only in its second year of competition.

In the First Lego League competition, students are given a problem to solve. They must come up with a unique innovation (this year it was living in space). Students have to research and prove their innovation will work. The builders and coders must design and build a robot (made from Legos) then write computer code for the robot to complete 10 different missions.

At competition students must be interviewed by three panels of judges on Robot Design, Project/Innovation and Core Values while also competing in head to head robot games.

These competitions are intense. The students, coaches and team facilitator put in countless hours during and after school starting in August to be ready for regional competition in December and state competition in January.

“We are extremely grateful to all of them for the endless work they do for our teams,” said Hackett Elementary School Principal Tura Bailey. “Yes we are a small school but we compete on a big level! (31 teams from all across the state were involved in yesterday’s competition). Our robotics program is strong and only going to get stronger in the future! Again, congratulations Dabbin’ Dragons and Team Terminator! Your school (especially your principal) are extremely proud of you! Great things are happening at Hackett Elementary because of kids and teachers like you!”

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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