RICHTON, MS (WDAM) - A group of students at Richton Elementary School have a claim that no one else can make in the state of Mississippi.
Five teams from the school recently competed in the Vex IQ world competition for robotics in Louisville, Kentucky, and came back with a big prize. They brought home first place in the "Build" award for the elementary division.
"There were about 25 awards given to the elementary division and we brought one of those awards home for Mississippi," Principal Tina Mozingo said. "We are the first robotics team in the state of Mississippi to bring home a VEX Robotics trophy."
Mozingo said it teaches them not to fear trying new things, and it teaches them how to be creative.
The robotics program started three years ago and showcases skill challenges with robots such as building, driving and programming.
"I cannot bring a manufacturing company to Richton, Mississippi, but I can teach my children how to program computers," Mozingo said. "That's what companies are looking for. They are looking for kids that know how think outside the box. And that's what we do here at Richton."
The winning team students were Christian Perry and Pacen Odom.