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Del Mar Heights team wins ‘Champions’ award at FIRST Lego League tournament

Del Mar Heights team wins ‘Champions’ award at FIRST Lego League tournament

All nerves and frenetic energy, nearly 300 students gathered around the stage to hear the results from Day One of the FIRST Lego League’s San Diego regional tournament.

The eight 6th graders from Del Mar Heights Elementary School huddled together in their cactus-themed headgear — a nod to the research project they presented earlier in the day — hung on to the announcers’ every word. But for each award handed out, it was one of the 27 other teams erupting into jubilation.

Del Mar Heights’s two coaches — both with a son on the team — had tried to temper expectations heading into the competition, held at the Preuss School UCSD on Nov. 11 and 12. It was the Del Mar school’s...

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