On January 28, 2017, student teams from schools throughout Granite School District will compete in our annual FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament at Granger High School. Twenty-five elementary and junior high schools are fielding thirty teams for this tournament.
From the FIRST website,
FIRST LEGO League . . . immerses kids in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams of kids ages 9 to 14 are challenged to design their own solution to current scientific problems, then build LEGO robots that perform autonomous “missions.” In the process, they develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities in science and technology. They even discover that they, too, can make positive contributions to society.
Karen Tinsley, school technology specialist at Stansbury Elementary and coach of a FIRST LEGO League team, recorded the Robot Game in action at a recent scrimmage at her school, shared above. You can also view an example of the Robot Game from last year’s competition here.
The qualifying tournament comprises two parts: the Project and the Robot Game. For the Project, student teams choose a real-world problem and design a solution to that problem, formally presenting their solution to judges. For the Robot Game, student teams build, test, and program LEGO Mindstorm robots to solve various missions set up in the game. Teams are scored based on Project, Core Values, and Robot Design presentations, as well as their success in completing missions during the Robot Game. Several high scoring teams will have the opportunity to advance to a statewide competition.
This year the FIRST LEGO League challenge theme is Animal Allies. In their projects and competition, students are tasked with designing solutions that improve interactions between humans and animals.
Here is the complete roster of teams participating in Granite’s qualifying tournament on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Granger High School:
|Robo Roadrunners Recycle||Arcadia El.|
|Lightening Eagles||Armstrong Academy|
|NASA (Neil Armstrong STEM Academy)||Armstrong Academy|
|Cottonwood Elementary Garbage Gurus||Cottonwood El.|
|Lego Cyborg Wolves||Diamond Ridge El.|
|Panda Preservers||Diamond Ridge El.|
|5 STAR Builders||Eisenhower Jr.|
|Lego Foxes||Farnsworth El.|
|Fremont Lego Lemus||Fremont El.|
|Fierce Bananas||Granger El.|
|Granger El Team 2||Granger El.|
|Jefferson Jr||Jefferson Jr.|
|Master Builders||Kearns Jr.|
|Matheson Agents of Gesticulation||Matheson Jr.|
|Lego Hackers Unlocking Knowledge||Moss El.|
|Lego PRIDE||Oquirrh El.|
|Cyborg Animalz||Plymouth El.|
|The Legend Builders||Rosecrest El.|
|Lego Legends||South Kearns El.|
|Power Pack||Stansbury El.|
|Sick Bricks||Twin Peaks El.|
|Valley Liger Bots||Valley Jr.|
|West Lake Compactors||West Lake Jr.|
|Habitat Heroes||West Valley El.|
|Fantasy Reckoners||Whittier El.|