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Many Everett School District schools moving on to FIRST LEGO League robotics semifinals

Mill Creek Elementary School’s robotics team posing proudly. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Mill Creek Elementary School’s robotics team posing proudly. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools news release.

Eighty FIRST LEGO League robotics teams, representing every elementary and middle school in Everett Public Schools, gathered on December 3rd and 4th, 2016, for the regional competition at Glacier Peak High School.

The 12 teams advancing to the FIRST LEGO League Western Washington Semifinals identified below will be competing in Seattle the weekend of January 21st, and 22nd.

In addition to spending an entire day programming a robot to complete complex missions, students were also asked to present a research project and a solution to their identified problem.

Students from FIRST LEGO League robotics high school teams at all three comprehensive high schools also served as volunteers and mentors at the competition.

FIRST LEGO League regional results:

  • Gateway Middle School earned Best Robot Design and fifth place in the robot competition with 68 points. They’ve qualified for the semifinals.
  • Whittier Elementary School’s "Robo Geeks Blue" was awarded the Teamwork Award for Core Values.
  • View Ridge Elementary School’s "Lego Pioneers" team took home the Presentation trophy and is advancing to the semifinals.
  • Garfield Elementary School’s "Galactic Tigers" were awarded a Judge’s Award and is advancing to the semifinals.
  • Mill Creek Elementary School’s team "Directed Chaos" won a Judge’s Award and is heading to the semifinals. Team “#Hashbrowns” won the Inspirational Award and is heading to the semifinals.
  • Silver Firs Elementary School’s "Hungry Pigs" team were recognized for Gracious Professionalism.
  • Heatherwood Middle School’s "Heatherbotics" received the Best Visual award and is heading to the semifinals. Team "Hawkbots" was awarded Gracious Professionalism and placed well enough to advance to the semifinals.
  • Evergreen Middle School’s 7th/8th-grade team received FIRST Washington Official Qualifier medals and is heading to the semifinals. The 6th-grade team took sixth place overall and is moving on to the semifinals.
  • Forest View Elementary School’s "Falcon 2" won a Judge’s Award and is advancing to the semifinals.

Teacher Nikko Lin and the Silver Firs Elementary School’s Hungry Pigs robotics team. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

Western Washington’s FIRST LEGO League Seattle Semi-finals will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 21st and 22nd.

According to FIRST LEGO League’s website, “Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8, ages 9-14) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.”

Editor's note: Several corrections were made to this article regarding the teams that qualified to attend the semifinals in Seattle.

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