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BMS has successful first robotics competition

With less than a year under its belt, the robotics club at Bellefontaine schools hosted a successful robotics competition this weekend.

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Members of the Bellefontaine Middle School team, left, use robots to try to lift balls into a plastic cylinder during Saturday’s Vex Robotics competition at the middle school. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

A total of 30 teams from 12 schools across Ohio converged on the Bellefontaine Middle School for Vex Robotics competition Saturday.

“This is our first time at BMS, but we are hoping to make it an annual competition and grow the event,” coordinator and team adviser Sandi Chervenak said.

Locally, about 40 students from sixth-grade through high school have joined the team in its first year, Mrs. Chervenak said.

Most were drawn in after exposure to robotics during a summer enrichment camp earlier this year.

“We both went to the summer camp this year,” Bellefontaine freshman Marshall Verbsky said as he and sophomore Connor Oppy took a break from the competition Saturday. “They set up an arena and had a mini competition. I know that’s what got me started.”

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