Foothills Community School Pork Choppers were the overall champions at last weekend’s RoboMcDowell.

And, the Glenwood Rock-It Rovers received first runner-up overall.

Both teams advance to RoboFest, and now have the opportunity to bring home the 2017 North Carolina CyberKids Grand Championship Award. They will compete against the top CyberKids Robotics Teams from counties as far as Beaufort this Saturday at Bailey Middle School in Corneilus.

Students have shown great growth in their leadership abilities, teamwork skills, and understanding of robotics this school year.

“A special thanks to the teachers and staff that worked with these students encouraging them and supporting the growth of STEM education in McDowell County,” said Cyberkids Robotics coach and trainer Rebecca Smith. “A passion for learning and an eagerness to succeed was observed from every team at RoboMcDowell. Keep up the great work. We look forward to continuing the Cyberkids Robotics programs in McDowell County for years to come.”

Superintendant of McDowell County Schools Mark Garrett was on hand to hand out the awards to the winning teams.

"It was exciting to see the students competing after they had spent so much time experimenting, practicing, and testing. All the teams did great. The Cyberkids organization shared with me that this was one of the best competitions they have had and that our students really impressed them with their skills and accomplishments. This is due to the hard work and dedication of the students and their coaches many, many hours of work after school over the course of the year,” he said. “We wish the Foothills Community School and Glenwood Elementary teams the very best as they move on to the next level of competition this coming weekend. I would not be surprised to see them bring some hardware back to McDowell County."

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