All Middle Schools in the Olympia School District fielded Varsity Robotics Teams for this year’s international FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition. Just like varsity sports, these after-school teams are an opportunity for experienced students to take their Robotics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills to the next level. At the Spanaway FLL Regional Qualifiers last month, both Jefferson Middle School teams qualified for the Western Washington FLL Semi-Final, held this past weekend in Mill Creek. The Electrons and Insert Name Here had great showings at this event.
The Jefferson teams went toe-to-toe with the 80 best FLL teams in Western Washington, demonstrating their hard work on this year’s challenge, Nature’s Fury. The teams were required to design, build and program autonomous robots to complete several time-sensitive Robot Game missions, as well as research, develop and present their Project solution to an engineering problem. This video describes Nature’s Fury Robot Game, while this video shows a robot completing the missions from the previous year’s game (Body Forward). The process for developing the research Project for Nature’s Fury is described in this video.
Jefferson’s Insert Name Here had won the Project Award at the Spanaway Qualifier and had another strong showing with the judges at the semi-finals. The team won the Strategy and Innovation Award, for their thoughtful and analytical approach to the robot design. Unfortunately, they did not score in the top echelon of the Robot Game, so they did not advance to the next level. This team has one only veteran member, the other seven students are all rookie FLL’ers. Congratulations to all the members of Insert Name Here for their excellent, multiple-award winning season. Jefferson looks to be in good shape for next year’s Varsity Robotics team.
Jefferson’s the Electrons team captured the coveted Champion’s Award for the best over-all performance at the Spanaway Qualifier last month. The team performed well in all aspects of the judging and ended up in the top quartile of the Robot Game. Although the team did not bubble to the top in any award category, their strong performance in the three judging areas and robot game scoring earned them a berth at the FLL State Championships at Central Washington University on Saturday, February 22. Congratulation to the Electrons on their second straight trip to State!