Local Teams Win Awards at Robotics Tournament



AUGUSTA — The Blue Hill Consolidated School won first place for team spirit award at the Maine Robotics 10th annual Maine First Lego League Championship on Saturday.

 

The event was held at the Augusta Civic Center.

The consolidated school’s team Purple Gizmo Cows also won a table top performance award for second place.

A Bar Harbor team, ‘We’re Supposed to Have a Name?’ took fourth place in the table top competition.

The event was sponsored by Maine Robotics, the Oak Grove School Foundation, Cyr Bus Lines, Freightliner of Maine and the Dead River Co.

This year’s theme is “Smart Move” and involves the teams learning about transportation issues in their communities and around the world. Each team had defined a transportation issue or problem, researched that topic, proposed a possible solution and reported their findings back to the community.

The teams also have been building and programming LEGO robots to compete on a playing field where they will need to actuate a crash test vehicle, deliver a container of people out onto the playing field, navigate around the course, drive onto a bridge and complete other transportation-related missions

Maine Robotics, a Maine-based nonprofit venture, has been bringing hands-on science and technology activities to Maine schools and children since 2000. The organization uses robotics competitions and summer camps to educate children from the third grade through high school.

Robotics is a multidisciplinary topic that touches on engineering, basic science, computers, programming, mathematics, problem solving and project design and management.

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