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Thetford Robotics Tournament Draws Nearly 80 Students

  • Thetford Middle School students, from right, Ellenor Koppers, Justin Duguay and Malcolm Silver-Van Meter watch as Pembroke Academy students Raymond Jenks, far left, and Jacob Chadwick launch their robot in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy yesterday. Nearly 80 students competed in the event, one of 25 through New England between October and February. An eventual champion will be crowned at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in April. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

    Thetford Middle School students, from right, Ellenor Koppers, Justin Duguay and Malcolm Silver-Van Meter watch as Pembroke Academy students Raymond Jenks, far left, and Jacob Chadwick launch their robot in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy yesterday. Nearly 80 students competed in the event, one of 25 through New England between October and February. An eventual champion will be crowned at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in April. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Thetford Middle School students Janos Groszek, left, and Alex MacVeagh adjust their robot for the next qualifying round in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. "Engineering is professional problem solving," said Dan Larochelle of the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. "It's really tricking them into learning."<br/><br/>Valley News - Geoff Hansen

    Thetford Middle School students Janos Groszek, left, and Alex MacVeagh adjust their robot for the next qualifying round in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. "Engineering is professional problem solving," said Dan Larochelle of the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. "It's really tricking them into learning."

    Valley News - Geoff Hansen Purchase photo reprints »

  • Newport Middle High School students, from left, junior Nolan Cota, sophomore Patrick Greene and senior Cassandra Becklo laugh while preparing for a qualifying round at yesterday’s Green Mountain VEX Challenge. “There’s such a spirit of cooperation,” meet director Tracy Borst said. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

    Newport Middle High School students, from left, junior Nolan Cota, sophomore Patrick Greene and senior Cassandra Becklo laugh while preparing for a qualifying round at yesterday’s Green Mountain VEX Challenge. “There’s such a spirit of cooperation,” meet director Tracy Borst said. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Thetford Middle School students, from right, Ellenor Koppers, Justin Duguay and Malcolm Silver-Van Meter watch as Pembroke Academy students Raymond Jenks, far left, and Jacob Chadwick launch their robot in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. Nearly 80 students competed, one of 25 through New England between October and February. An eventual champion will be crowned at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in April. Valley News - Geoff Hansen

    Thetford Middle School students, from right, Ellenor Koppers, Justin Duguay and Malcolm Silver-Van Meter watch as Pembroke Academy students Raymond Jenks, far left, and Jacob Chadwick launch their robot in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. Nearly 80 students competed, one of 25 through New England between October and February. An eventual champion will be crowned at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in April. Valley News - Geoff Hansen Purchase photo reprints »

  • Newport Middle High School students, from left, junior Nolan Cota, sophomore Patrick Greene and senior Cassandra Becklo laugh while preparing for a qualifying round at the 2nd annual Green Mountain VEX Challenge held at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. "There's such a spirit of cooperation," meet director Tracy Borst said of the event.<br/><br/>Valley News - Geoff Hansen

    Newport Middle High School students, from left, junior Nolan Cota, sophomore Patrick Greene and senior Cassandra Becklo laugh while preparing for a qualifying round at the 2nd annual Green Mountain VEX Challenge held at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. "There's such a spirit of cooperation," meet director Tracy Borst said of the event.

    Valley News - Geoff Hansen Purchase photo reprints »

  • Thetford Middle School students Janos Groszek, left, and Alex MacVeagh adjust their robot for the next qualifying round in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. "Engineering is professional problem solving," said Dan Larochelle of the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. "It's really tricking them into learning."<br/><br/>Valley News - Geoff Hansen

    Thetford Middle School students Janos Groszek, left, and Alex MacVeagh adjust their robot for the next qualifying round in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. "Engineering is professional problem solving," said Dan Larochelle of the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. "It's really tricking them into learning."

    Valley News - Geoff Hansen Purchase photo reprints »

  • Thetford Middle School students, from right, Ellenor Koppers, Justin Duguay and Malcolm Silver-Van Meter watch as Pembroke Academy students Raymond Jenks, far left, and Jacob Chadwick launch their robot in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy yesterday. Nearly 80 students competed in the event, one of 25 through New England between October and February. An eventual champion will be crowned at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in April. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)
  • Thetford Middle School students Janos Groszek, left, and Alex MacVeagh adjust their robot for the next qualifying round in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. "Engineering is professional problem solving," said Dan Larochelle of the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. "It's really tricking them into learning."<br/><br/>Valley News - Geoff Hansen
  • Newport Middle High School students, from left, junior Nolan Cota, sophomore Patrick Greene and senior Cassandra Becklo laugh while preparing for a qualifying round at yesterday’s Green Mountain VEX Challenge. “There’s such a spirit of cooperation,” meet director Tracy Borst said. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)
  • Thetford Middle School students, from right, Ellenor Koppers, Justin Duguay and Malcolm Silver-Van Meter watch as Pembroke Academy students Raymond Jenks, far left, and Jacob Chadwick launch their robot in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. Nearly 80 students competed, one of 25 through New England between October and February. An eventual champion will be crowned at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in April. Valley News - Geoff Hansen
  • Newport Middle High School students, from left, junior Nolan Cota, sophomore Patrick Greene and senior Cassandra Becklo laugh while preparing for a qualifying round at the 2nd annual Green Mountain VEX Challenge held at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. "There's such a spirit of cooperation," meet director Tracy Borst said of the event.<br/><br/>Valley News - Geoff Hansen
  • Thetford Middle School students Janos Groszek, left, and Alex MacVeagh adjust their robot for the next qualifying round in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. "Engineering is professional problem solving," said Dan Larochelle of the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. "It's really tricking them into learning."<br/><br/>Valley News - Geoff Hansen

Thetford Middle School students, from right, Ellenor Koppers, Justin Duguay and Malcolm Silver-Van Meter watch as Pembroke Academy students Raymond Jenks, far left, and Jacob Chadwick launch their robot in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. Nearly 80 students competed in the event, one of 25 through New England between October and February. An eventual champion will be crowned at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in April.

Thetford Middle School students Janos Groszek, left, and Alex MacVeagh adjust their robot for the next qualifying round in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. “Engineering is professional problem solving,” said Dan Larochelle of the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. “It’s really tricking them into learning.”

Newport Middle High School students, from left, junior Nolan Cota, sophomore Patrick Greene and senior Cassandra Becklo laugh while preparing for a qualifying round at the 2nd annual Green Mountain VEX Challenge held at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on January 5, 2013. “There’s such a spirit of cooperation,” meet director Tracy Borst said of the event.

Valley News photographs — Geoff Hansen

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Nearly 80 students competed in the Green Mountain VEX Challenge at Thetford Academy, one of 25 through New England between October and February. An eventual champion will be crowned at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in April. Valley News — Geoff Hansen …