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FMS LEGO League Robotics students earn awards at High Tech Kids tournament
Posted 11/27/2019 01:05PM

The Fridley Middle School (FMS) LEGO League Robotics team had an exceptional performance on November 16, 2019 at the High Tech Kids LEGO League tournament, hosted at Dakota Hills Middle School in Eagan. Competing against 28 teams, the Fridley students earned the Inspiration Award and placed second overall in the Robot Game competition.

High Tech Kids - FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League is a national program in which students in grades 4-8 research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design. The FMS LEGO League Robotics team, which consists of students in grades 5-7, works after-school to design, research and program their robot in preparation for competitions.

There are three components to the competition. Students compete in the Robot Game, Core Values, and Innovation Project.

  • Robot Game: Teams design, build and program an autonomous robot to achieve missions and earn points. Robots compete several rounds to earn as many points as possible. Teams are evaluated on mechanical design, programming, and innovation and strategy.
  • Core Values: The FIRST Core Values (Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun) are the cornerstones of the program. Teams are evaluated on how they work together, as well as inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism.
  • Innovation Project: Teams conduct research to solve a real-world problem, develop an innovative solution, share their findings with community stakeholders, and present their work at the competition. They are evaluated in research, innovative solutions and presentation.

At the first competition of the year, the FMS team earned numerous points by preparing and coding their autonomous robot, earning second place in the overall competition. In addition, by demonstrating extraordinary enthusiasm, gracious professionalism, and support and encouragement of fellow teams, the middle school students earned the Inspiration Award. Congratulations to our FMS LEGO League Robotics students! 


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