4th- through 8th-grade students from 13 schools competed in the regional FIRST LEGO League Challenge at Escalante Middle School (EMS). The event was organized by the Powerhouse in Durango, which also supports LEGO League clubs for district schools.
Congratulations to the Escalante team members, who won the Robot Game Award in the competition. The Robot Game involved programming and designing a robot based on a LEGO robotics set. The task of the robot – about the size of a soccer ball – is to solve as many missions as possible on a challenge board and collect points.
Park Elementary School's "Crazy Awesome" team, and Riverview's "Challenge Team 2" also participated in Saturday's competition. Here is the list of regional winners, with the first three advancing to the state competition:
- Champions Award: (1st place): Masterminds 29378 (Bayfield)
- Judges Award: Builders in Black 62170 (St. Columba)
- Core Values Award: Lone Cone Raiders 20105 (Norwood)
- Robot Game Award: Escalante Middle School 57773 (Durango)
- Robot Design Award: Imperial Bricks 62190 (Riverview)
- Innovation Project Award: Dragonfly Revolution 36546 (Mancos)
LEGO League is so much more than simply playing with LEGOs! Our schools' after-school teams learn the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code, and compete to solve challenges. First- through 8th-grade students can get excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), make new friends, and have a great time after school. For more information about the LEGO League, email [email protected].