Copper Bots from Legacy Traditional showed high skill level in the robotics competition. Photos by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa teams swept the top five spots in a robotics competition over the weekend.

Legacy Traditional School hosted a Vex IQ Challenge Saturday with 11 schools and organizations from around the state competing. Legacy itself had five teams competing and took first and second place with the Copper Bots and Cyber Cubs.

Maricopa’s Samurai Bots finished third while Rocking Robots Are Backs was fourth and the Gray Wolves from Leading Edge Academy were fifth. The Copper Bots not only had the top skills score, earning the Robot Skills Champion award, but also won the design award and the Middle School Excellence award.

Rocking Robots Are Back won the Elementary School Excellence award and the STEM Research Project award. Legacy’s Biggy Backpack Bots won a Teamwork Champion award.

The Maricopa teams of Rocking Robots Are Back, Hazard Bots, Samurai Bots and Cyber Cubs are set to compete Feb. 23 in the Arizona VEX IQ Elementary School State Championship in Goodyear.

The middle school state championships are March 9 in Chandler. Legacy’s Copper Bots, Biggy Backpack Bots and A-VEX-engers and Leading Edge’s Gray Wolves are all set to compete.

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