Heritage teams advance in robotics tournaments
Four Heritage Robotics teams advance to section tournaments
Posted on 12/21/2016

After successfully competing in regional tournaments in November and December, the Heritage FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Robotics teams The Vowel Sound AHHHH!, Chupacabras 2.0, Honeybots and Trike-Ceratops will all advance to a sectional tournament in January. 

Team members include:

  • The Vowel Sound AHHH! - Bryan Barbosa, Ryan Douglas, Kellen Halverson and Sam Martin.  
  • Chupacabras 2.0 - Andrew Gotham,  Elise Buzzell, Myles Belmore, Kevin Killion and Aidan Gotham
  • The HoneyBots - Elaina Blazei, Ella Carr, Savannah Carr, Kathryn Lewis and Katrina Wicker
  • The Trike-Ceratops - Daniel Kirkwood, Nolan McNally, Jonathan Neumann, Max Otzenberger and Collin Thell 
The FIRST® LEGO® League sectional tournaments will be held on January 7 (New Brighton, MN) and January 28 (Minneapolis, MN). Students will be competing for the opportunity to advance to the Boston Scientific State Championship held in St. Paul on February 25.
 
All four teams participate in the Heritage Boosters “Adopt-A-’Bot” program. The Heritage Boosters (the parent group at Heritage) supports E-STEM learning for our kids whenever possible. This fall, families were offered the opportunity to "adopt" one of the seven FLL robots owned by the Boosters and start a FIRST® LEGO® League robotics team at home.   

About FIRST® LEGO® League: 
There are over 600 FLL teams in Minnesota, which is the largest number of teams in one area in the world. FLL is a program that challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. There are over 233,000 children ages 9 to 14 from over 80 countries around the world who participate on a FLL team. During the FLL season, teams build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. They also choose and solve a realĀ­ world problem in the Research Project. Throughout their experience, teams operate under a set of Core Values. This year’s FLL theme is “Animal Allies”. Teams across the world are exploring problems and creating innovative solutions about how humans and animals interact.