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Austin 8th grade robotics team makes country proud at world competition

AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) –  A group of middle school students from Austin is making not only their community, but country, proud.

The Ellis Engineers, the Ellis Middle School 8th Grade Robotics team, competed last weekend at the 2019 VEX Robotics World Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

The team won the first round and then advanced to the quarterfinals, where they ended up losing to a team from China, which ended up winning the championship.

The students still have a lot to proud of. They were the last American team standing and they also scored more points against the championship team than anyone else.

“I was kind of nervous when we got into the elimination rounds, but in the regular rounds I wasn’t really nervous because it’s just like normal,” said 8th grader Owen Carroll.

“It’s a lot like the normal competition so we’re kind of used to it,” said team member Emma Haugen. “So we’re not that nervous but then we made it into the elimination rounds and we were like maybe we can actually win, so there was some pressure.”

The team meets three times a week for an hour and a half for practice.

They started preparing for competition last November.

Erin O'Brien

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