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Release Date Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Student LEGO Robots to Compete at East Middle School

FIRST LEGO League is an educational extracurricular activity for youth ages 9-14. This event focuses on teamwork, societal challenges and STEM. Teams have been working together since August, learning to build and program competitive autonomous robots, which must complete various tasks within a given time to earn points. This photo is courtesy of First Lego League.

 

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is teaming with East Middle School to host the 2018 FIRST LEGO League Rapid City Qualifier from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at East Middle School. The event is free and open to the public.

FIRST LEGO League is an educational extracurricular activity for youth ages 9-14. This event focuses on teamwork, societal challenges and STEM. Teams have been working together since August, learning to build and program competitive autonomous robots, which must complete various tasks within a given time to earn points.

This year’s event includes 19 registered teams, which is a record number for this competition.  Additionally, the junior league will feature another three teams of 6 to10-year-old students and the high school team. In total the FIRST LEGO League will include well over 100 youth participants.

The theme this year is Into Orbit. This challenges students to design and build robots that can solve various problems associated with human space exploration. The competition is divided into four parts consisting of core values, project presentation, robot design judging and robot games.

The FIRST LEGO League qualifier is held in coordination with EmBe, which is the FIRST LEGO League state partner. Caterpillar is a major sponsor of the event. The company supports many of the teams at the Rapid City Qualifier.

UPDATE:

The FIRST LEGO League Rapid City Qualifier was a huge success thanks to East Middle School Principal Scott Phares, Sarah Jensen, and Mines Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jason Ash  plus all the coaches/mentors and volunteers for the time dedicated to the participants in this program.

The event included 18 FLL teams (109 students total) along with 2 FLL Junior Teams and the FRC Rapid Acceleration high school team.

The teams/individuals were recognized with the following awards and 10 FLL teams qualified for the FLL State Championship in Sioux Falls on February 2nd, 2019.

Champion’s Award: Hill City Ranger Robotics

Project Award: Lego My Ego

Core Values Award: Preperoni’s

Robot Design Award: Tera Bytes

Robot Performance Award: S.L.E.G.O.

Rising Star Awards: Team Cavaliers

Outstanding Coach/Mentor Award: Mary and Alan Anderson (Tera Bytes)

Outstanding Volunteer Award: Sarah Jensen (East Middle School Facilities Coordinator + Teacher & Coach)

Teams who qualified for state championship (alphabetical order): East MS Dream Team, Hill City Ranger Robotics, New Underwood Tigers, Preperoni’s, RA The Best Martian, Set to Win – SKOAR, S.L.E.G.O., Team Cavaliers, Tera Bytes, Tiger Techs


 

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