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Mountain View robotics team members introduce their project.

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Robots are set up on a "standard board" provided at the site.

The Putnam Pink Ladies

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Pink Ladies explain their plan in a five-minute presentation. Pictured (l to r) are Olivia Smith, Jordyn Arey, Paisley Tabor, Katelynn Cox and Shayla Marshall.

Local robotics team on way to international competition

April 4, 2017

In their second year of organization, a Putnam robotics team has the only West Virginia invitation to the FIRST LEGO League International Championship in Carlsbad, CA, May 19-21.

The team, the Putnam Pink Ladies, are fifth-graders at Mountain View Elementary School who have an interest in STEM learning.

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Co-coach Leslie Rosier-Tabor, an engineer by profession, heads a group of parent sponsors who encourage student interest in these studies, and who expanded the STEM project into STEAM -- to include another letter for Art & Music in the term.

The FIRST LEGO League competition, Coach Tabor told Putnam Rotarians today, is for students in grades 4-8 in teams of up to ten members. The team must "research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design."

The Pink Ladies explain in a five-minute presentation how to produce energy by processing animal wastes. "We're also known as 'Team-Two,'" a member explained to audience laughter at the play on words.

The Pink Ladies have been raising funds for travel to the competition next month. About $20,000 is needed for food, travel and lodging. An adult chaperone is required for each team member.

A Facebook Go Fund Me web site has been set up at "" for donations and for questions on the trip next month.

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