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Thibodaux STEM students win at underwater robotics competition

Posted at 5:48 PM, Apr 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-28 18:53:44-04

It was only their first year competing in underwater robotics competitions, but two teams of David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy students placed in the seventh annual Northern Gulf Coast Regional Marine Advanced Technology Education competition.

Four teams from the school competed in the regional underwater robotics competition this weekend, which was held in Dauphin Island, Alabama.

The event was sponsored by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and the purpose of it is to create robots that can solve environmental problems around the world.

The Bulldogs sent four teams to this competition and competed in the Scout and Ranger categories. Two of the four teams placed in the competition.

One of the school’s Scout teams won second place in the regional competition and one the school’s Ranger teams won first place.

Since the Ranger team won first place they will be competing at the international competition in Kingsport, Tennessee in June.

The teams’ mentors are Thibodaux teachers Nicolette DarJean, Dawn Edelen and Zeke D’Avy; parent Chris LeBlanc and Jeff Debetaz, who is principal of the school.

The students going to international are members of the Aquatic Robotics team: Ethan LeBlanc, Andrew Falcon, Madison Dressler, Dylan Dressler , Michael Miller, Nolan Marone, and Chai Sutton.

The students on the Scout team who took second place included Dawson Jones, Collin Grant, Colin Crevier, Junior Colonna and Christian LeBlanc.

Here are some photos from the event, submitted by The Sea Lab.

Students from Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, and Louisiana competed in the contest, including students from schools in Baton Rouge, Slidell and Walker.