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Bloomsdale, Ste. Gen. Elementary Robotics Teams Compete At Mineral Area VEX IQ Challenge

Both Ste. Genevieve Elementary and Bloomsdale Elementary schools’ robotics teams competed in the 2020 Mineral Area VEX IQ Challenge on February 8.

Bloomsdale Elementary had three teams compete, and all improved their rankings by 10 to 15 places from their first competition earlier this year. The teams scored sixth, 15th and 17th in the qualification rounds.

Team 63673B advanced to the finals, where they scored 92 points and earned fourth place. The members of this team included Riyley Dutton, Kennedy Bowen, Josie Sansoucie and Katie Vogt.

Jake Parker, Ashtyn Neel, Alex Sartori, Kate Rowland, Ella-Grace Gansner, William Elder, Launa Gegg and Gaige Bone were the other robotics members from Bloomsdale Elementary.

Amy Rowland, Nate Kingery and Ashley Gettinger are the team’s coaches.

This competition ended the first season for the Bloomsdale Elementary robotics students.

Ste. Genevieve Elementary had three teams compete. Despite some technical difficulties, the teams continued to problem-solve and earned more and more points each round.

The Robotic Dragons team placed in the top 10 teams during the qualification rounds and advanced to the finals, where they won fifth place. The members of this team included: Owen Huck, Dayton Weiler, Reese Wibbenmeyer and Andrew Wolf. While Wolf could not be present for the event, he wrote the program that was used for the skills challenge.

Reagan Miller, Kaia Plati, Eric Dippold, Simon Fritsch, Kathryn Herzog, Mason Trollinger and Elijah Whitworth were the other robotics members attending from Ste. Genevieve Elementary School. Elcie Schweigert was unable to attend.

Andrea Fritsch, Johna Bequette and Crystal Koenig are the team’s coaches.

(Information from the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District.)

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