Southeast Announces Winners of FIRST LEGO League ‘World Class’ Challenge

Gadget Girls

Team members from Gadget Girls in Farmington, Missouri, celebrate a successful mission during a robot march.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 19, 2013 — Southeast Missouri State University hosted a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition with a theme of “World Class” Nov. 15. Participating were 21 teams of fourth to eighth graders from across the region.

One aspect of the competition is a research project relating to the theme of education. 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 winners of the Project Award were:

  • Team 10417- Wireless Warriors from Immacolata in Brentwood, Missouri
  • Team 7556- SEMO Robotics from Williamsville, Missouri
SEMO Robotics

Team members from SEMO Robotics in Williamsville, Missouri, work to reconfigure a robot during a robot match.

During the event, teams show their robots off to a group of judges. These judges will 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:

  • Team 4216- Gadget Girls from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri in Farmington, Missouri
  • Team 9270- Cyborgs from Immaculate Conception in Jackson, Missouri

Team members from Eaglebots in Jackson, Missouri, anxiously await a ruling from a referee.

The most recognized part of the competition takes place on 8 feet by 8 feet fields. Here, robots wander through the fields completing education-themed missions (such as thinking outside the box and opening the doors to learning). 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:

  • Team 2064- Bobcats1 from St. Vincent de Paul School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Team 1505- ArchiTECTS from Forsyth School in St. Louis, Missouri

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 winners were:

  • Team 6558- M.U.L.E.S. from Poplar Bluff R-1 Schools in Poplar Bluff, Missouri
  • Team 3769- The Dream Team from Windsor Middle School in Imperial, Missouri
Jolly Geometry

Project presentation materials for team ROBOTRONIX from Ladue, Missouri.

Finally, the Champion’s Award recognizes teams that embody the FIRST LEGO League experience by fully embracing our 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 categories listed above. The Champion’s Award winners were:

  • Team 2867- Eaglebots from Immaculate Conception in Jackson, Missouri
  • Team 1505- ArchiTECTS from Forsyth School in St. Louis, Missouri

Based on the awards above and overall scores within the event, the judges gave out four golden tickets that allow teams to advance to the Eastern Missouri FLL Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, on Dec. 7, 2014. These teams were:

  • Team 1505- ArchiTECTS from Forsyth School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Team 2867- Eaglebots from Immaculate Conception in Jackson, Missouri
  • Team 3371- Force Green from Wildwood Middle School in Wildwood, Missouri
  • Team 9270- Cyborgs from Immaculate Conception  in Jackson, Missouri