Bob Sikes robotics team coming to state competition March 3 (VIDEO)

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Catherine Bishop, 11, left, and Lauren Clark, 10, test-drive their robot "Roxy" after school at Bob Sikes Elementary. Rockin' Robots members will compete in their First Lego League state tournament next month.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 03:46 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Bob Sikes Elementary School's Rockin' Robots Lego team will return to a statewide competition for the second straight year.

The nine-student team will travel to Orlando to compete against 47 teams in the First Lego League state championship on March 3. The league aims to help students learn about science and technology by working as a team while constructing Lego robots and programming them to accomplish certain tasks.

"This is a huge accomplishment for our team," Coach Ulaunda Nunn, who teaches writing, social studies and science, said. "We are really proud of them.”

Many of last year's members have graduated to middle school, said Nunn, who shares coaching duties with Dottie Holland, a math and science teacher.

"Out of the nine students we have in the program, only three are returning from last year," she said, noting current members’ swift achievement.  

Programming the ‘brain’

One of last year’s returning students, fifth-grader Lauren Clark, 10, said she anticipates next month’s competition.

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