Southeast Announces Winners of FIRST LEGO League ‘City Shaper’ Challenge

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Southeast Missouri State University hosted a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition with a theme of “City Shaper” on Nov. 23 with 15 teams of 4th to 8th graders from across the region participating.

One aspect of the competition was a research project focused on  problems faced by a building or public space in cities. The Project Award is given to the team whose quality research, innovative solutions, community-sharing and presentation best reflect an in-depth understanding of the scientific disciplines involved with the project. The winners of the Project Award were:

  • Tech Titans of Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • SEMO Kidbots of Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Missouri

Star Ship CMS of Cape Girardeau

During the event, teams show their robots to a group of judges. The judges evaluate the mechanical design, innovation, programming effectiveness and team strategies for solving missions to assess the overall design quality. The winners of the Robot Design Award were:

  • Cryptic Coders of Cape Girardeau
  • Savage Bots of Jackson

The most recognized part of the competition takes place on 8-by-8 fields. Here, robots wander through the fields completing city-themed missions (such as building buildings and working a crane). Each completed mission is awarded points. The teams with the highest scores in their division receive the Robot Performance Award. The winners of this award were:

  • Spare Parts of Cape Girardeau
  • Savage Bots of Jackson

The Eaglebots’ information boards for their research project.

An important tenet of FIRST is gracious professionalism. According to FIRST, this is a way of encouraging high-quality work, emphasizing the value of others and respecting individuals and the community. The Core Values Award is presented to the team that best demonstrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, inspiration, exceptional partnership, and the utmost respect to its own teammates and  support and encouragement of fellow teams. The Core Values Award winners were:

  • MOBOTS of Jackson
  • Eaglebots of Jackson

Finally, the Champion’s Award recognizes the teams that embody the overall FIRST LEGO League experience by fully embracing the competition’s core values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and the Project. To win this award, teams must do well in all categoriesThe Champion’s Award winners were:

  • Spare Parts of Cape Girardeau
  • MOBOTS 2.0 of Jackson

Based on awards and overall scores within the event, the judges presented three Golden Tickets allowing teams to advance to the Eastern Missouri FLL Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, on Jan. 12. These teams were:

The Ellington Middle School Whip-Bots of Ellington, Missouri

  • Spare Parts of Cape Girardeau
  • MOBOTS 2.0 of Jackson
  • Cryptic Coders of Cape Girardeau

In addition to the team awards, Kevin McMeel, instructor in Southeast’s Department of Engineering and Technology, was awarded a LEGO Trophy for the significant role he has played in hosting the FIRST LEGO League competitions at the University since 2013.

Photos from FIRST LEGO League (FLL) “City Shaper” robotics competition are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ftcstlouis/albums/72157711833978376

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