As I robotically went through a press release regarding last weekend’s First Lego League robotics competition — in which the Mechanical Masterminds took 1st place in 2 areas of the competition — my post this morning did not give enough props to Westport’s other middle school entrant, Team SNAP.
They placed 2nd overall in the entire state — and took home the Champions Award. According to the FLL website, this is
the most prestigious award that an FLL Team can win….It measures how the team members inspire and motivate others about the excitement of science and technology, solve problems, and demonstrate respect and gracious professionalism to everyone involved in the competition.
Earning the Champions Award excludes a team from some of the category awards, enabling other groups to earn recognition too.
FLL teams are judged in 3 areas: Core Values (inspiration, teamwork and “gracious professionalism”); Project (research, innovative solution and presentation), and Robot Design (mechanical design, programming and strategy and innovation). The Champions Award is given to the teams with top scores in all 3 areas.
In addition, SNAP coach Terry Sauer received the Adult Coach/Mentor award at both the regional competition and the state final.
Westport’s 2 middle school teams were thrilled to compete. Each cheered the other on.
As their respective robots crushed everyone else.