A local group of elementary and middle school students were among the winning teams at the Nov. 2 SMaRT Education-sponsored Palms Springs First Lego League qualifying tournament.
The local Temecula community team, the Electrolights, was one of eight teams that will advance from the Palms Springs qualifying tournament to one of the two Southern California regional championships tournaments being held at Legoland in December.
The Electrolights, a third-year veteran team, was one of the 24 participating teams that were judged in four categories: the robot game, robot design, research project presentation and core values. The Electrolights won first place in the Robot Performance Award, which recognizes the team whose robot is able to score the most points pursuing a set of challenging missions on this year’s competition field. The Electrolights also received one of two tournament champion awards, which are awarded to a team that “embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing the Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.”
Competing as part of Team Electrolights were Jasmine Ives, 12, Tanner Krohn, 13, Emily Sizemore, 13, Michael Sizemore, 11, and mascot Joshua Sizemore, 7.
Each year, the FLL teams are given a new challenge set around a particular theme. This year, during the 2013 Nature’s Fury Challenge theme, students explored the topic of nine natural disasters; such as tornado's, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and tsunamis.
A Robotics Night is scheduled at the Temecula Valley Preparatory school on Dec. 5, which the Electrolights Team has been asked to participate.
For more details on either FIRST or the FLL program can be found at http:/usfirst.org and http://www.firstlegoleague.org.