Robotics teams from West Orange – Stark Elementary School placed in the Texas Computer Education Association Area 5 Robotics Competition held in Hamshire Fannett last week.

Students in grades four through eight competed against one another. WO-S Elementary teams placed fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth in an arena field of 33 teams.

West Orange – Stark Elementary School arena teams and their placement are as follows:

The team of Antonio Soto, Trinton Garrett and Marquarious Garrett placed fourth.

The team of Phoeniz Smith, Ruben Ceasar and Kelsy Miles placed seventh.

The team of Asia Stewart, Shaela Forward, Jakelen Jenkins and Ruby Ceasar placed eighth.

The team of Nia Lewis, Trinity Garrett and Ania Jackson placed ninth.

WO-S Elementary students also competed in the invention competition. The team of Marion Melgoza, Ryan Bergeron and Devan Abrego invented a Drill-bopt that is designed to locate metal objects underground and dig them up. 

Katie Kornegay and Amy Thompson are the WO-S Elementary Robotics sponsors.

The Area 5 Robotics Competition is sponsored by the Texas Computer Education Association. Participating students from elementary and secondary schools design, collaborate, plan, redesign, construct, create, assemble, invent, reinvent, write, present and compete to see who has developed the smartest robot. The contests vary based on strategies that involve speed, accuracy, sensing objects and light. A programmable robot is limited only by the imagination of its inventor.

Area 5 includes school districts in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Orange, Newton and Tyler Counties. 

Pictured is the West Orange – Stark Elementary Robotics Team. They are, front row, Nia Lewis, Trinity Garrett, Shayla Foward, Phoenix Smith and Ruben Ceasar; middle row:  Marquarius Garrett, Ania Jackson, Ruby Ceasar, Asia Stewart and Kelsy Miles and back row, Antonio Soto, Trinton Garrett, Devan Abrego and Ryan Bergeron. Mario Melgoza is not pictured.