Challenger holds Regional Robotics Competition


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Courtesy Photo Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky held a regional robotics competition hosted by East Perry Elementary.


Approximately 100 students, ages 9-14, from throughout Southeastern Kentucky came to Hazard on Saturday, to compete in the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Regional Qualifying tournament presented by the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky and hosted by East Perry Elementary School. 11 robotics teams represented eight different schools from fivecounties.

FIRST, which stands for, “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology” is an international robotics competition started by engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur Dean Kamen who has 440 patents many for medical devices. FIRST Robotics is sometimes called the “Super Bowl for the Mind” because it brings the same excitement and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that you would normally see in sporting events.

The theme of this year’s competition was “Trash Trek” and was all about recycling, repurposing, and reusing trash. In addition to designing, building, and programming a fully autonomous Lego Mindstorms robot to accomplish tasks on a playing field, each team also had to 1) identify a problem with the way we make or handle trash, 2) research and design an innovative solution to the problem they selected, and 3) share their problem and solution with others. The teams worked for over 3 months on these tasks all while being guided by the FIRST Core Values which includes 1) what we learn is more important than what we win, 2) we display gracious professionalism and coopetition in everything we do, 3) we honor the spirit of friendly competition, 4) we learn as a team, and 5) we have FUN!

The top 3 teams with the overall highest scores in all areas of the competition who will advance on to the Kentucky State FLL Competition at Northern Kentucky University are:

1st Place Overall

The Masterminds from Knox Middle School in Knox County

2nd Place Overall

The Rockin Robo Hornets from Viper Elementary School-Perry County

3rd Place Overall

Bot-Matrix from Southside Elementary School in Pike County

Top awards in each category are:

Core Values Award

The Rockin Hillbillies from Willard Elementary School-Perry County

Robot Design

The Rockin Robo Hornets from Viper Elementary School-Perry County

Project Presentation

Bot-Matrix from Southside Elementary School in Pike County

Robot Game

The Masterminds from Knox Middle School in Knox County

Other Awards earned at the competition

Community Award

The Robo-Skins from Cumberland Elementary School in Harlan County

Presentation Award

The Mind Masters from Knox Middle School

Innovation Award

Robo Mustangs from RW Combs Elementary in Perry County

Professionalism Award

The Rockin Hillbillies from Willard Elementary School-Perry County

Spirit Award

The Masterminds from Knox Middle School in Knox County

Discovery Award

The Space Cowboys from Willard Elementary School-Perry County

Rising Star Award

The Robo-Skins from Cumberland Elementary School in Harlan County

Style Award

Nerdvana from Lynn Camp Middle School in Knox County

Inspiration Award

Los Genios from Knox Middle School

Strategy Award

The Spare Parts from the Lawrence Co 4-H Club in Lawrence County

Programming Award

Nerdvana from Lynn Camp Middle School in Knox County

Mechanical Design

Bot-Matrix from Southside Elementary School in Pike County

Navigator Award

Los Genios from Knox Middle School

Teamwork Award

The Spare Parts from the Lawrence Co 4-H Club in Lawrence County

Leadership Award

The Rockin Robo Hornets from Viper Elementary School from Perry Co

Courtesy Photo Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky held a regional robotics competition hosted by East Perry Elementary.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_robotics.jpgCourtesy Photo Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky held a regional robotics competition hosted by East Perry Elementary.

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