Game-U Flemington’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics team went far afield this month, all the way to Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington Township!
Led by Mr. Joe and Mrs. Danielle, our courageous team went to contend with 21 other teams of middle schoolers in the regional Lego robotics City Shaper competition.
The team, consisting of Alex D., Austin C., Finn. G., Shiven B., Chris E., Keith K., and Jake T., have been putting in the hours to prepare for this competition, working hard and practicing right up until the moment they went up to the table to perform their challenges (and even in between!).
Their efforts paid off. Despite the hurdle of a last-minute rule change for this year’s competition and the ensuing scramble to adjust their robot’s code to avoid touch penalties, they rolled with the punches and still placed in the top ten!
But as amazing as our team was, they didn’t have to go it alone.
In addition to Mrs. Danielle and Mr. Joe, the students had great support from their families!
Many parents, grandparents, and siblings stayed the length of the competition – from 8:30 AM (team arrival and prep time) to 1:00 PM (official competition kick-off!) and onward.
The competition itself consisted of three rounds; Game-U’s team scored 245 points each of the first two rounds.
For the last round, they took a chance, gambling on building up their blocks to get more points, but also running the risk that the stack would be too high and fall, losing them points.
But their bet paid off!
Their last run was 255 points, earning them 7th place out of 22 teams.
If they hadn’t done that, Mrs. Danielle agrees, they might have moved down in the rankings.
Not only did our team return covered in respectable glory, but they also earned themselves a place in an article that Lehigh Valley Live published!
Well done, team!