A team of three West Orange – Stark Elementary students will compete in the Texas Computer Education Association Robotics State Meet. In order to earn the state qualification, the team of Ethan Estrada, Victoria Vela, and Nicholas Provost won second place in the invention competition of the regional robotics competition held in late January.

The team competed against other students in grades three through eight from Region 5. Their “Sharp Bot” lego invention was designed to grab a pencil from a straw dispenser, place it into a sharpener, sharpen the pencil and roll back, then drop the pencil and start over in order to sharpen multiple pencils.

A WOS Middle School team also earned honors at the regional meet. The team of Derrion Chargois, Alexis Sterling, Jay’zn Robinson, and David Sargent won the Best Design Award for their arena robot.

The WOS Elementary teams also placed fourth in Arena competition; as well as fourth, fifth and eighth in invention competition.

The team of Dax Fregia and Jacob Dominguez placed fourth in the arena event.

The WO-S Elementary invention teams which placed were:

• Kaela Forward, Darian Hardin, Tiger Carpenter – fourth place, Clothes Master invention

• Jalen Jones, Grace Gossard, Landon Lucia, and Austin Russell – fifth place, DJ’s Pizza Maker invention

• Brandon Pennington and Jamar Brown – eighth place, The Leaf Raker invention

Sam Conner, Katie Kornegay, Amy Craig, and Patricia Lee are the WOS Elementary Robotics sponsors. Maria Ellis is the WOS Middle School Robotics sponsor.

The Robotics State Meet will be held April 13 at Deer Park High School.

Photo: The West Orange – Stark Elementary Robotics Team which will advance to the state competition. They are Ethan Estrada, third grade; Nicholas Provost, fifth grade; and Victoria Vela, fourth grade.