MIAMI -

Some young "chess champs" from one Miami-Dade elementary school are getting ready to go to nationals, but they need some help getting there.

It's after school and the Norwood Elementary chess team has gathered to practice for their upcoming Grade Level National Tournament.

The room is quiet with concentration aside from slight mutters and an occasional tip. The young students demonstrate why they are the second team in the state.

Principal Dr. Kevin Williams said the chess team helps develop the children's minds.

Barbara Reed was 2013's coach of the year and all by herself manages a team of kindergarteners to fifth graders. Reed said almost 100 percent of kids that play chess go to college.

"I like the thrill of being with my teammates and trusting them," said Dominic Vielot.

"Sometimes when you first start you get a little nervous," said Sara Moorer.

The chess team will be going to nationals in May. The team has raised $18,000 already to travel to Dallas but needs $4,000 more to go on their trip.