The Crossett Middle School Engineering Eagles Robotics Teams competed in their first tournament of the year Saturday.

CMS has three different teams this year. The first team is Team 2024A and is made up of second year members Tressa Richards, Reece Poe and Caleb Christy, plus a new member, Madison Sharp.

The second team is Team 2024E and is composed of second year members Maggie Alford, Parker Taylor, Saylor Ross, Rachel Richardson and Addison Hartley.

The third team is Team 2024C, which has all new members Mallory Walsh, Madeline Robinson, Ali Tumey and Jordin Temple and Nadia Young.

In the competition, 2024A placed second, 2024E placed fourth and 2024C fifth in the Teamwork Challenge.

Team 2024A was also awarded the Design Award and the Excellence Award. Coach Melissa Martar said the Design Award is awarded to a recipient that demonstrates the ability to implement an effective and efficient robot design process.

Martar said the team’s engineering notebook and their discussion with the judges demonstrates the team’s ability to produce a quality robot with minimal adult assistance.

The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge Program. Martar said the award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a high quality VEX IQ Robotics program.

“The judges look for a team’s behavior, sportsmanship, and professionalism at the event,” Martar said.

A team is composed of students, mentors and adults at the competition.

“So the judges aren’t just looking at the students that are competing when they are deciding on this award,” Martar said.

The 2024A team also qualified for state and nationals, and Martar said they will be going back to Iowa again this year to compete.

“Now our focus is maintaining this team’s skill level and helping the other teams improve to get them qualified as well,” Martar said. “I have every confidence that all three teams will be qualified before the season is over.”

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