News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chrysten Crockett
(803) 327-8032

December 9, 2013

York Technical College Releases Lego Competition Results

ROCK HILL After nearly 200 York County middle school students spent hours putting their Nature’s Fury robots through rigorous Lego missions, it came down to which teams had the best core values, project, performance and robot design.

For the 13th year in a row, students from the York County School Districts had the opportunity to display their natural-disaster-themed FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) projects at York Technical College this past Friday.

Trophies went to the following champions of these categories:

Category: Grand Champion
School: Hughes Academy of Science and Technology’s
Team: “Cougars”
This FLL’s Champion’s Award recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing the FLL’s Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.

Category: Core Values
School: Hughes Academy of Science and Technology’s
Team: “Robotics”
This award recognizes a team that excels across the Inspiration, Teamwork and Gracious Professionalism® categories. This team displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, knows they can accomplish more together than they could as individuals, and shows each other and other teams respect at all times.

Category: Project
School: Orchard Park Elementary School
Team: “Eagles”
This award recognizes a team that excels across the Research, Innovative Solution and Presentation categories. This team utilized diverse resources for their project to help them gain a comprehensive understanding of the problem they identified, develop a creative, well-researched solution and effectively communicate their findings to judges and the community.

Category: Performance
School: Hawthorne Christian Academy
Team: “Hawthorne Brainiacs”
Teams have a chance to compete in at least three 2.5 minute matches and only the highest score out of the three matches counts. The Robot Performance Award recognizes a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game.

Category: Robot Design 
School: A.R. Rucker Middle School
Team: “Detonators”
This award recognizes a team that excels across the Mechanical Design, Programming and Strategy & Innovation categories. This team uses outstanding programming principles and solid engineering practices to develop a robot that is mechanically sound, durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions.

Although 18 teams competed, only four received golden tickets to move on to the state competition. These teams are the Hughes Academy Cougars, The Hawthorne Brainiacs, The Orchard Park Eagles and The Hughes Academy Robotics.

Eighth grader Cameron Williams from Hughes Academy said that his favorite part about the competition was getting to spend time with his teammates. He explained that he was looking forward to going to states, seeing other great robots and most of all having a good competition.

“We had a few set backs during the competition, but getting the chance to go to states means that we persevered,” Williams said.

 To see photos from the event visit our Facebook page HERE.

The State Championship is Feb 15 at River Bluff High School in Lexington. The winner(s) of the state get to go to the World Championship April 23-26, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.



About FIRST® LEGO® League:
FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds (9 to 14 in US/CAN/MEX), which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.

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