The Hamburg elementary robotics team was only one point away from being named the VEX IQ state champions and qualified to compete in the world competition. Three Hamburg elementary students, Hunter Lipsmeyer, Hayley Cossey, and Dalyn Amos of Lion Pride Robotics, started competing with their robot at the end of last year.
During a meet in Monticello in January they qualified to compete at the state level which was held last weekend in Russellville.
In the qualifying rounds the Lion Pride team was ranked in tenth place with 87.3 points, but they managed to finish second in the finals rounds.
The Hamburg team partnered with the Oakland Robotics team from Russellville for the finals round. The two teams scored 105 points in the finals match and won the second place Teamwork Champion award. A team from Jonesboro scored 106 points and won the state championship title.
Two Russellville teams tied for third place. The Dwight Cyberclones of Russellville scored 102 points and the Center Valley team also from Russellville scored 102 points. The Robocats of Little Rock placed fourth.
The VEX IQ World Championship will be held in Louisville, Ken., on April 26-28.