Second-place prize surprises Davidson robotics team

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Davidson Middle School's First Lego League team members display awards and prizes they have won. Thunderbotz members, from left, are Colby Sanders, 11, and Michael Stender and Jeremiah Sexton, both 12.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Jeremiah Sexton, Michael Stender and Colby Sanders aren't yet teenagers, but they already have career goals. 

Jeremiah is interested in becoming a robotic engineer; Michael, a scientific engineer; and Colby said he is considering a similar career path as his father, an aircraft engineer.

But for now, the boys — who form Davidson Middle School's Thunderbotz First Lego League team — are preparing for a robotics county championship.

And enjoying an unexpected second-place robot design prize from last week's Northwest Florida First Lego League regional tournament in Panama City. The team won a $400 Lego robot set for the school.

Michael, and Jeremiah, 12, and Colby, 11, said placing second against 18 teams was surprising.

"We were actually hoping to place in (the core values) category" for excellent teamwork while using problem-solving techniques, Jeremiah said.  

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