The Crossett Middle School Robotics team coached by Charre Todd competed in the Jonesboro Hurricane Fall Classic VEX Robotics Tournament in the Don Riggs Arena in Jonesboro Nov. 10.

Todd said the CMS eighth grade team has seven members, but only four were able to make the overnight trip to Jonesboro to compete.

According to Todd, because of a lower than anticipated number of teams, the middle school teams went head to head with seasoned high school teams.

“Our team placed 13 out of 17 in the qualifying rounds and was forced to play alone against the top two high school teams in the first elimination round,” Todd said.

The CMS team made a good showing but lost 28 to 5. The CMS team also competed in the skills events and placed No. 8 out of 16 teams.

One portion of the VEX competition involves keeping an engineering notebook to chronicle each team’s activities as they build their robot.

After reading the CMS team’s notebook and interviewing the team, the judges awarded the CMS Eagles the Design Award. Todd said the receiving the design award earned the team an invitation to return to the CREATE U.S. Open Championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The CREATE US competition will be April 4 to 6.

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