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Robotics team wins award

Nineteen teams participated in Robopalooza at Ocala's Forest High School.

Nineteen teams participated in Robopalooza at Ocala’s Forest High School.

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS —  The Trashbusters, a Keystone Heights Robotics Team, won the Gracious Professionalism Award during the First Lego League Robopalooza Robotics competition at Forest High School in Ocala on Jan. 9.

Robopalooza is a regional qualifying event for the First Lego League, which challenges students to build and program Lego-based robots.

The Keystone team’s project demonstrated the benefits of using biodegradable serving ware at restaurants and theme parks.

Of the 19 teams in the tournament, two received the Gracious Professionalism Award, which recognizes teams that demonstrate two core values of the competition: professionalism and cooperation.

Members of the Trashbusters Robotics Team include local fifth and sixth graders: Liam Kane, Sam Wiener, Mark Lewandowski, Christopher Anderson, Jack Lewandowski, Logan Coates, Ryan Krahn and Luke Lewandowski.

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