Springdale students going global for robotics tournament

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A group of Springdale students will be heading overseas to compete in the first global robotics tournament.

Root Negative One is a team of 15 students affiliated with the Don Tyson School of Innovation that will be representing the United States in a robotics tournament in Dubai in October.

The team was picked after winning the first Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston in April.

The team first started competing four years ago, and volunteer robotics coach Richard Cassady is proud with how far the team has come.

“I’m super proud of the kids,” Cassady said. “They’ve worked really hard and I’m glad that they’re. That first group of kids that started the team four years ago. They’re still around, they were 8th graders then, they’re going to be seniors next year. I’m glad those original kids get to be a part of this.”

Cassady said that five students will be going to the tournament to compete against teams from more than 150 countries.

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