Winners announced for LEGO League competition at Rowan


If they build it, they might win . . .

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) judges recently announced the winners of a competition that took place Saturday, November 17, at Rowan University.

The students, ages nine to 14 and from schools and other groups, had two minutes to put an autonomous, preprogrammed robot or robots they had constructed out of LEGOS through about a dozen challenges. They received the challenges in September and their field kits to construct the robots in October.

The award descriptions and the respective winners of the competition are:

  • Robot Performance Award—robot with the best score on the competition field: Marlton Mustangs, Marlton Middle School, Marlton.
  • Research Project Winner—quality research, innovative solutions and creative presentation that best reflect an in-depth understanding of the various scientific disciplines and issues involved with the Challenge Project: Morgan Mechanics, Morgan Elementary School, Hamilton.
  • Robot Design—work that stands out for innovation and/or dependability: Robologists (CMS Varsity Automatons),West Windsor-Plainsboro Community Middle School, Plainsboro.
  • Teamwork—the team that best demonstrates extraordinary enthusiasm, an exceptional partnership and FLL values: Univacs (CMS Junior Varsity Automatons) West Windsor-Plainsboro Community Middle School, Plainsboro.
  • Grand Champion—celebrates the ultimate success of the FIRST mission and FLL values. It measures how the team members design, program and score with their robot; the quality of their research and project presentation; their ability to work as a team, solve problems and demonstrate respect and gracious professionalism: Team SOGEL, Morgan Elementary School, Hamilton.

Winners will compete next in the state competition to be held Saturday, December 8, at Mount Olive High School, Flanders, N.J.

According to the organization, FLL is an international program designed to spark interest in science and technology that bases the challenges on current, real-world issues. Kids have a chance to bring together theory and practice in hands-on experiments that tackle project elements modeled on real professions.