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MGMS robotics teams triumph at state championship

Three teams of students from Meadow Glen Middle put on an impressive show at the S.C. FIRST Lego League West State Championship. The Gator Gears, featuring Will D. Brock, Akhil Devarapalli, Zaiah T. Nance, R. Owen Nieders, Will B. Shealy and Michael H. Tomas, won the state championship.

A second MGMS robotics team also brought home a state title. Students on the all-girls HAKSCAR Squad — Casey I. Anderson, Kristen M. Hallman, Araana Mondal, Hir D. Panchal, Sarina Y. Patel, Anuska Sharma and Rebecca L. Yu — won Best Mechanical Design for building a mechanically sound robot that proved to be durable and efficient.

Additionally, the seventh-grade team, RoboGators, placed in the top 10 in the Robot Game category.

The robots designed and programmed by MGMS students successfully completed tasks and skills in this year’s competition, HYDRO DYNAMICS, where students solved problems relating to moving water.

The Gator Gears will next compete at the FIRST Lego League World Championship this April. MGMS received a South Carolina state flag that was flown over the state house. It will fly on campus until the Gator Gears take it to worlds. 

Amy H. Dent and Cliff J. Roberts coached both MGMS robotics teams to victory at the state championship, held January 27.

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