Months of preparation, combined with creativity, concentration and collaboration, paid off on January 19 when seven teams from the Cherry Creek School District – representing Timberline Elementary, Campus Middle School and the Challenge School - competed at the FIRST LEGO League State Championships at the Colorado School of Mines.
The FIRST LEGO League competition is designed to get children between the ages of 9 and 14 excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills. It was founded by Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway Human Transporter, and requires students to use a LEGO system called Mindstorms NXT to learn how to build and program a robot that can perform autonomous tasks. Students also have to complete and present a research project on a problem and solution in their community.
The Timberline Elementary Senior Samurai team won second place for Creative Presentation.
The Campus Middle School Robotics Team, known as Old MacDonald Had a Bot, earned four awards:
• Punchcard Bots - 1st Place for Research Project
• Le Vert Vrai - 1st Place for Innovative Solutions
• Banana Bots - 1st Place for Gracious Professionalism
• Purple People - 2nd Place for Inspiration
Brenton Burnett, Campus STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teacher and robotics coach, received the top award for Coaching Excellence.
Students on 20,000 teams from more than 70 countries participate in FIRST LEGO League competitions around the world.