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Posted: Monday, 24 March 2014 3:30PM

Mars Rover Competition



Thirty-three teams of Trigg County fifth grade students competed Monday at the regional Mars Rover competition at the Trigg County High School gym. With the help of high school engineering students, fifth grade teams of four research, design and build their radio-controlled model rovers. During today’s double-elimination tournament, students work together to collect ping pong balls in an arena.

Fifth grade teacher Amy Carneyhan helped spearhead the project two years ago for her classroom. This is the first year the program has been available to the entire fifth grade. She says working with four teams was more manageable.


   
Carneyhan says the value of the project goes beyond typical classroom learning.


   
Claire Ladd is a fifth grade student at Trigg County.


   
The first place regional team is Team Arrowcats with Dylan Chambless, Jade Matthews, Rachel Holder, John Sedberry and Raygan Long. In second place is Team Phantom with Makenna Reed, Zach Meador, Evron Carlson, Morgan Kassinger and Jason Haag. Team Hunger Games came in third with Erik Staples, Aaron Anderson, Carlee Knight and Lexie Hamby. The teams will advance to state competition in Lexington at the University of Kentucky on May 10.

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