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Teams Compete in FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament at Clarkson University

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Walker Center at Clarkson University  was invaded by Bacteria Busters, Bone Crusherz, Stylisih Bunchy Banana Bots and 15 other teams as they competed in the fifth annual FIRST Lego League robotics tournament on December 3.

Massena Central Jefferson School FLL Jaguar ROARbotics team members display a presentation prop and their robot. The team was awarded a Judges' Award for persistence and problem-solving abilities. This year’s theme, “Food Factor,” required teams of 9- to 14-year-olds to research a food safety issue, present their solution in a creative manner, and program their robots to accomplish a series of challenges. 

Trinity Catholic School in Massena, N.Y., won the Champion Award for best overall performance in the robot game, the project and the teamwork demonstration.

Several other local teams won awards in specific categories. They were:

- Core Value Award for displaying extraordinary teamwork and enthusiasm: Lego Lancers from Lisbon (N.Y.) Central School

- Robot Award for using solid engineering practice to develop a mechanically sound robot that utilized outstanding programming principles: Wildcats from Gouverneur (N.Y.) Central School

- Project Award for its creative and in-depth solution to the competition problem: Christian Fellowship Academy in Madrid, N.Y.

- Judges’ Award for their unique efforts: Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Central School’s M.O.M.O.T. and the Massena (N.Y.) Central Jefferson School Roar-botics teams 

The FLL competition has two parts: a research project and robot game. Students are required to solve a set of food safety missions as well as research, develop, and share their innovative food safety solutions.

Students develop a creative presentation to share their solutions, while they design, build, and program a robot with the mechanical capabilities to complete a variety of tasks.

The tournament is hosted by the Northern New York Robotics Institute, a local higher education consortium, directed by Clarkson University Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor James Carroll.

It is sponsored by the “Connect a Million Minds” initiative of Time Warner Cable, General Electric Corporation, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and Clarkson University. Clarkson’s Office of Educational Partnerships provides Coordination and logistical support for the tournament.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Massena Central Jefferson School FLL Jaguar ROARbotics team members display a presentation prop and their robot. The team was awarded a Judges' Award for persistence and problem-solving abilities.

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