2018 FFL State Champions!

Warbotics off to the Worlds!
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What a weekend!!  Both Warroad FIRST LEGO League teams travelled to St. Paul this weekend to compete in the MN State FIRST LEGO League Competition as two of the top 64 teams (out of 640 teams total in MN this year).  The morning sessions resulted in Warbotics being ranked 5th in robot score and LEGO the Woods was around 15th.  Both teams received callbacks for different judging categories. 

 

LEGO the Woods received a callback for Innovative Design, giving them a chance to further explain their design of the Guppy Filter - a system to remove microfibers from laundry water to prevent contamination of ground water, rivers, and lakes.  The project design for six of the 64 teams at the competition were considered for submission to FIRST for additional development/funding assistance.  Unfortunately the Guppy Filter was not chosen as one of the four to be submitted, but a rookie team of primarily 6th graders from Warroad, MN developed one of the top six projects in MN!  LEGO the Woods had a phenomenal rookie season.  I look forward to seeing this group of kids progress over the coming years!

 

Warbotics received callbacks for Project, allowing them to further define their project and describe to the judges the design process and research involved, and for Championship (the most prestigious award given in MN FIRST LEGO League), giving the students a chance to explain to the judges what is great about their team and why they should receive a chance to advance to the FIRST Championship.  In the Championship callback, judges were “looking for the most well-rounded team who embodies the spirit of FIRST and is exceptional across all judging categories”.  Eight teams were considered for this with the top three receiving an invitation to the FIRST Championship in Detroit on April 25-28, 2018.  Warbotics received 1st place in the Champions award!!  I am so proud of these kids. 

 

Very proud of both teams!