On February 2, Spartanburg Community College (SCC) hosted the first annual FIRST LEGO League Cherokee County Qualifier event for fifth through eighth graders participating in the LEGO Robotics program—a national discovery science program that uses robotics to foster students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Student teams from every Cherokee County elementary and middle school, as well as one middle school in York County, prepared for the competition using Mindstorm LEGO robot kits to design, build and program autonomous robots to complete multiple tasks relating to this year’s theme—Senior Solutions. Each team presented a solution developed to help a senior citizen accomplish daily tasks and was judged on robot design, performance and a teamwork challenge.
The following teams placed in this year’s competition:
Champion 1st Place: Frankencats - Blacksburg Elementary
Champion 2nd Place and Robot Performance: Eaglebotics - Ewing Middle
Champion 3rd Place: Senior Moments - Oakridge Middle-York County
The following teams were recognized in the listed categories:
Robot Design: Veteran Victors - Oakridge Middle, York County
Core Values: Chocoholics - Oakridge Middle, York County
Project: Robot Rockerz - Gaffney Middle
Judges Award: Robocats - Blacksburg Middle
The following teams qualified to compete in the statewide FIRST LEGO League Competition in Lexington, SC on February 23.
Golden Ticket - Advanced to State
Frankencats - Blacksburg Elementary
Eaglebotics - Ewing Middle
Senior Moments - Oakridge Middle
Veteran Victors - Oakridge Middle
Robot Warriors - Granard Middle
The FIRST LEGO League Cherokee County Qualifier event was funded by grants from Duke Energy, The Timken Foundation and the Heritage Foundation. SCC and the Cherokee County School System partnered to fundraise and implement the LEGO Robotics Program in the county. All partners in this initiative share a common goal of creating a future technology-proficient workforce that meets the growing demand for advanced manufacturing employees in South Carolina.
For more information on Cherokee County’s LEGO League Program, contact Daryl Smith, SCC executive director of the Cherokee County Campus, at (864) 206-2700. Visit www.usfirst.org to learn more about the FIRST Robotics Program.
To view or download photos from this event, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/sccsc/sets/72157632689132368/