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FIRST LEGO League and Tech Challenge Teams participate in competition

Monday, December 18, 2017

Breck's FIRST LEGO League Robotics participants had an epic weekend December 9-10 during their competition at the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Regional Tournament at Salk Middle School in Elk River, Minn. 

The five Breck teams, which consisted of students in grades 4-7, have worked over the past three months preparing for the competition.

Teams competed in four areas: robot performance, robot design, core values, and research project.

To prepare for the competition, teams built and programed robots using the LEGOS MINDSTORMS robot kit to accomplish tasks - also known as missions. During the competition, teams are judged on the performance of the robot as well as their design.

In addition to the robot area of competition, teams are evaluated on their work as a team and living the core values of the FIRST LEGO League as well as their work to conduct an independent research project based on a yearly theme provided by FIRST. Breck teams and their research projects are listed below:

Teams include:
Team Brobots: Inexpensive personal water filter for Kenyan villages
Team Growl: Phytoremediation of oil-contaminated soil using sunflowers
Team G.O.A.T.S.: Solar over water distillation
Team Kai: Design of aquabot app to track home water usage
Team Wolves: Use of rainwater collection for flushing toilets

Out of the 32 teams at the competition, nine advanced to the State Sectionals meet including Breck's Team Wolves. Breck teams also brought home the following awards:

Best Robot Performance - Team Wolves
Best Core Values Award - Team Kai (also the only all-girls team at the tournament)

In addition to the FIRST LEGO League participants, Breck's newest robotics team also competed in the FIRST Technical Challenge.

Seven students in grades 7-9 participated in this league. The Tech Challenge team was added this year in order to bridge the gap between the current Lower/Middle School LEGO League Robotics team and the Upper School STAMPEDE Robotics team.

Students in this league must design, build, and program a robot as well as keep an engineering notebook to document engineering principles used. 

While this year's team did not advance past the sectional meet, they were the recipients of the Judges Award at their second and final competition at Columbia Academy.

Congratulations to these outstanding teams as well as their coaches, mentors, and parent volunteers!