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Students take botball challenge

King Brown, a fifth grader at Townsend Elementary, and teacher Kelley Brennan, watch as a bot completes a challenge during the Mid-Del School Elementary Botball Challenge. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Mid-Del Schools hosted their annual elementary school botball challenge Saturday at Soldier Creek Elementary School. More than 100 students from eight elementary schools competed in the event.

The teams programed autonomous robots to complete various challenges including a bonus debugging challenge. They received a pin for each challenge they completed.

The elementary school teams consist primarily of fourth and fifth grade students. One school has a third grader this year. The teams practice after school with their teacher or sponsor. The elementary school botball teams also competed in other state competitions this school year.

Botball helps students learn about Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in a fun and competitive environment, said Krissy Johnson, Mid-Del Schools instructional facilitator for STEM/Science.

“It promotes a lot of problem solving and computer skills that our students need moving forward into the workforce,” said Johnson who led the event. “The field of computer science and coding is just going to grow. And even if they don’t go into that field, the problem-solving skills that they get from learning to write code will translate into anything they want to do in the future.”

The district also has a botball program for middle and high school students.

Schwartz Elementary students Arie Clugston, Eli Johnson and Caynon Lozano watch as a bot completes a challenge during the Mid-Del Elementary Botball Challenge. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Soldier Creek Elementary School students Myla Boerger (Left) and Lerin Hunt (Right) compete at the Mid-Del Elementary Botball Challenge on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Harrison

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