On Saturday, January 20, five teams representing three Olympia School District middle schools competed in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) South Sound Semifinal Tournament held at Washington Middle School in Olympia. This year’s FLL theme is “HydroDynamics”” which promotes awareness of water use and conservation. 29 teams from the South Sound region came together to compete in three areas: Project, Robot Game, and Core Values. The competition was fierce, and the teams worked hard and had a lot of fun.
Reeves Middle School’s team 20701 (Dat Team) earned the Robot: Programming Award for their innovative approach to navigating the mission models in the Robot Game.
Washington Middle School brought two teams, 5005 (Atomic Gyros) and 36139 (WMS Bulldogs). 36139 earned the Core Values: Gracious Professionalism Award for their team spirit and cooperation with their competitors.
Jefferson Middle School also was represented by two teams, 5003 (Plasma Detectors) and 11388 (HydroJags). 5003 received the Project: Research Award for the work they put into developing a filtration system called “Purificent” and 11388 received the Project: Presentation Award for their skit promoting their solution to prevent wasting water in the shower.
Only 7 of the 29 teams at Semifinals moved on to the State Championship, and both of the Jefferson teams advanced. They will represent the Olympia School District at the FLL Western Washington State Championship at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA, on Sunday, February 11.
Congratulations to all of the teams for a job well done at Semifinals, and Congratulations to Jefferson teams 5003 (Plasma Detectors) and 11388 (HydroJags) for making it to the championship!