Skip to comments.PDS robotics team get state judges' attention
Posted on 12/21/2013 2:52:52 PM PST by SandRat
Established to generate enthusiasm for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League tasks teams with designing, building and programming a LEGO robot, but that’s not all.
While they fell just shy of earning a trip to the world championship, the Neon Ninjas offered up the most well-rounded showing among the 56 teams competing. Most-known for its LEGO robotics component, the tournament also tested the students’ presentation skills, ability to do research and to problem solve. The Judge’s Award recognizes a team that did consistently well in every category.
The Neon Ninjas were joined by their counterparts from Village Meadows Elementary School, the Rockin’ Robots, at the state tournament and hearing a Sierra Vista school announced was quite a thrill for Yolanda Everett, the Village Meadows team coach.
“My team and I were so proud to hear one of our schools called. We enjoyed chanting, ‘Sierra Vista,’ as other teams looked bewildered, Everett said, in an email.
This year’s theme, Nature’s Fury, tasked students with researching natural disasters, while also designing and programming a LEGO robot to complete emergency response missions.
The Neon Ninjas managed to come in 14th out of the 56 teams in the robot performance category, by completing many of their robot missions, said Jennifer Monson, team coach.
The team also constructed a giant television used to perform a commercial for the judges, describing their research project and a solution they came up with.
Their project identified the need to help pets and animals in the event they are freed and lost during a natural disaster, Monson said.
They ‘invented’ a microchip with GPS capability to use in the animals so in the event of a natural disaster they would be able to locate, catch and secure them until owners were able to pick them up.
Monson, a parent who stepped up to coach a team at the school for the first time this year, said no adults were allowed to witness the judging but the kids thought they did very well. She thought they might have a shot in the presentation category but as these were announced the Neon Ninjas were not mentioned.
I was feeling as though we just didn’t make it this year, Monson said.
Then the announcer started to describe the judges award, which is reserved for a team that impressed the judges in all aspects of the competition.
They stated our number followed by our name and our team went Crazy. I cried, they screamed, Monson said.
The team took off on a winner’s lap, giving the judges and volunteers high fives along the way to picking up the trophy.
It was a fantastic accomplishment for all of us, kids, coach and parents, Monson said.
Conrats! (former FIRSTer)
“no adults were allowed to witness the judging”
Should have said “No Teams Adults were allowed to witness the judging
These kids should never have been separated from their guardians/parents/chaperones
Congrats from me too. FIRST FRC mentor. Our season starts two weeks from today.
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