Southeast Announces Winners of FIRST LEGO League ‘Trash Trek’ Challenge


Southeast Missouri State University hosted a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition Nov. 18 with a theme of “Hydro Dynamics” with 15 teams of 4th to 8th graders from across the region participating.

One aspect of the competition is a research project relating to the theme of improving human’s interactions with water. The project award is given to those teams whose quality research, innovative solutions, community sharing and presentation best reflect an in-depth understanding of the scientific disciplines involved with the project. The winner of the Project Award was:

  • Team 2867- MOBOTS from Jackson, Missouri

The Gear Heads from Benton, Missouri, get ready to start their robot.

During the event, teams show their robots off 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 winner of the Robot Design Award was:

  • Team 34362- Robo Rogues from Kennett, Missouri

The most recognized part of the competition takes place on 8-foot-by-8-foot fields. Here, robots wander through the fields completing water-themed missions (such as completing a bridge and “making it rain”). Each completed mission is awarded points. The teams with the highest scores in their division receive the Robot Performance Award. The winner of this award was:

  • Team 34362- Robo Rogues from Kennett

Team Savage Bots from Jackson and their robot anxiously await their score.

An important tenet of FIRST is gracious professionalism.  According to FIRST, this is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects 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 in its support and encouragement of fellow teams. The Core Values Award winner was:

  • Team 27426- Savage Bots from Jackson

Finally, the Champion’s Award recognizes the team that embodies 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 of the above categories. The Champion’s Award winner was:

  • Team 9270- Eaglebots from Jackson

The Tech Titans from Cape Girardeau explain their robot design to the judges.

Based on the awards above and overall scores within the event, the judges presented two Golden Tickets that allow teams to advance to the Eastern Missouri FLL Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, on Jan. 13. These teams were:

  • Team 9270- Eaglebots from Jackson
  • Team 8479- Cyber Warriors from Cape Girardeau

*Top Photo Caption: A tense moment on the field with the Kennett Gearheads.

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