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Around Wyoming brings you news from around the state, keeping you informed with brief updates of stories you may have missed.

Friday, March 10

A Powell High School robotics team is going to the Worlds Robotic Tournament in Texas this April. The Powell Tribune reports Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly won the state competition in February and also won the Inspire award there. The Inspire award is given to teams with the best performance across the board.

In another science competition, an eighth grade class in Evanston won the NASA TechRise Student Challenge. The Uinta County Herald reports the students designed an experiment focused on how to store seeds in space and the requirements to grow food on Mars or the moon. The students now have a few months and $1,500 to develop their project before it’s sent to space on a high-altitude balloon.

Another local to receive an award is Brantley Popp from Evanston. He received the YouTube Silver Play Button Award for his slot and casino education channel. The Kemmerer Gazette reports Popp’s channel, Cowboy Slots, offers free education on gambling and slot machines but also resources for those struggling with addiction.

And one of the Navy’s newest ships was recently christened the USNS Cody.

Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast ever since. Her internship was supported by the Wyoming EPSCoR Summer Science Journalism Internship program. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors in journalism and business. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.