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Four Montana robot teams qualify for nationals

March 6, 2007 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Four Montana teams have been invited to compete in a national robotics contest after their recent showing at state competitions. The national championship will be held April 12 to 14 in Atlanta.

Two teams from Belgrade, one from Great Falls and one from Missoula qualified for nationals during two related competitions at Montana State University.

The Belgrade teams won the Winning Alliance award, and the Great Falls team won the Inspire Award during the Montana FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Vex competition on March 2. Thirteen teams competed in this contest, which is primarily for high school students.

The Stampeding Nano Nerds of Missoula won the Champion's Award during the FIRST Lego League competition on March 3. Twenty-seven teams competed in this contest which was for students in grades four through eight.

Students in both contests competed with robots they had built and programmed ahead of time.

Other categories and winners in the Vex contest were:

Runner-up Alliance: Salt Lake City and Laurel
Innovate Award -- Belgrade
Think Award -- Helena
Amaze Award -- Big Piney, Wyo.
Connect Award -- Shields Valley
Outstanding Coach Award -- Carol Galey of Shields Valley.

Other categories and winners in the Lego contest were:

Champion's Award:
Second -- Nano Docs of Missoula

Robot Performance:
First -- Stampeding Nano Nerds of Missoula
Second -- Ro-Nano's Molecular Squad of Ronan

Robot Design
First -- Flaming Falcons of Bozeman
Second -- Utah Pioneers of Salt Lake City

Research Quality
First -- Ro-Nano's Molecular Squad of Ronan
Second -- SGMS BaNanos of Livingston

Innovative Solution -- Nano Tyrannos of Billings

Creative Presentation -- Frozen Atomic Tribons of Great Falls

Team work
First -- RoboRustlers of Great Falls
Second -- RoboSmiths of Missoula

Judges' Award
First -- Nano Knyghts of Helena
Second -- Zee Rocket Nerdz of Great Falls

Team Spirit -- Iron Chihuahuas of Billings

Against All Odds -- Pepsi Indians of Poplar

Outstanding Mentor -- Bob Clay of Missoula

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