ELP students compete at KSU contest

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Students in Marion County Special Education Cooperative’s Extended Learning Program used creative problem solving to earn a second-place trophy in Line-Follow Tag at the Kansas Robotics League tournament in conjunction with Kansas State University’s Engineering Open House April 8 in Manhattan.

Line-Follow Tag was a new event this year. Students used light sensors to follow a black line on the floor as their robots chased the KRL robot.

The Marion Wildcat team of Derek Stuchlik, Jordan Laurin, and Colby Meier placed second in the event, which included more than 120 teams from 55 schools in Kansas and Nebraska.

In Capture-the-Flag, Stuchlik, Laurin and Meier won every heat until the final round, when the bumper on their robot broke. Because the event was double elimination, they still had a chance to win. But they were unable to go on to the finals.

Competition was close in the Maze event, where the Peabody Tomahawks team of Dylan Jones and Trevor Foth sat in second place until the very end when they were pushed back to fourth by only 0.3 of a second.

Hillsboro Trojans team consisting of Ben Steketee and Sam Bookless performed with perseverance in all their events.

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