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Central Hardin H.S. robotics team places in worldwide competition

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The sound of success echoes through an engineering lab at Central Hardin High School.

The school's robotics team has experienced some great achievements in the past six months. "We're ranked in the world. I mean, it's the world. It's pretty wild," team member Cody Bybee said.
The school sent three teams to the Vex Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California. Vex is the largest high school robotics organization on earth, representing more than 10,000 teams in 31 countries. The competition brings the best of the best together under one roof.

The Central Hardin team captained by Michael Riggs finished in third place, beating out more than 400 teams from Europe, Asia, and all across the United States. "It's crazy because all these other teams I've been looking up to. To know we've surpassed them is kind of crazy," Riggs said. 

It is the culmination of a banner year, that saw the team also win a Kentucky state championship. Moreso, it's the curriculum coming to life. 

Riggs says it simply makes science and math more fun. "You can use everything you've learned in your classes and just apply it to this and you can use all of this and apply it to the real world," Riggs said. 

The students build their robots from the ground up and program them to compete. The object in one of the contests is to move balls or objects across a playing field into the areas that will score the most points.

"This group of students has worked harder than any other one I've ever worked with. It's been very rewarding to myself and them I believe," said Jason Naegle, a teacher at Central Hardin.

The team's success is bringing money to the school district. Dow Corning Corporation pledged $25,000 to launch Project Lead The Way at John Hardin High school. It's the same science, technology, engineering and math initiative that helped the robotics team get its start.

It's also the same program that's inspiring their dreams. Many of the students say they plan to pursue career paths working in the science related fields.

The students do not rest on their success. "Next year it's s whole different competition. We have to build down to build back up," Bybee said.

The students say they are humbled knowing there's more to achieve. "We're not first, there's always room to work," Riggs said. 

Robots wars is preparing students for the real world.

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