Elementary and middle school students get their STEM on

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV) - Teams of boys and girls from over eight states including West Virginia traveled to Fairmont State's Falcon Center this weekend. Twenty four of those teams were from West Virginia and competed for one of five spots in the VEX World Tournament in Louisville in April.

"Getting to see all the teams and the robots and how they built it. I really like the STEM project part." said 4th-grader Jackson Heaberlin.

"They're picking eight teams to go to World's, elementary and some middle school teams, so we could be going to World's if they pick us," said Kalen Brightwell.

Team coaches stress the importance of STEM in young students and many of the students are looking forward to returning to Fairmont State in the coming years to compete.