By Dani Salgueiro
The Wellington Village Council recognized the Elbridge Gale Elementary School Robotics Team, also known as the Gator Bots, on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Last weekend, the Gator Bots, a group of four fifth-graders and five fourth-graders, competed against 47 other teams at the Lego Robotics Regional Competition and earned a spot at the state championship.
To qualify, the Gator Bots had to place as one of 12 South Florida schools in grades four through eight in a four-part tournament in which they had to build a robot design using block coding, present their project to judges, demonstrate their ability to work as a team and effectively use their robot.
This is the first year that the school participated in the competition.
“You guys are our brightest future,” Councilman Michael Drahos said. “Keep up the good work, and we are very proud of you all.”
The team will be competing at the state championships on April 8 in St. Augustine.