Two teams shine at FLL state

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Two teams of Glacier Creek students fared very well at the First Lego League State Championships on Sunday at Janesville Parker High School.

Talon of the Wyvern, which was comprised of eighth-graders Arianna Larsen, Thomas Kurr, Cara Davis, Michelle Roelke, Timothy Manning and Olivia Van Dyke, placed in the top five and also won the highly competitive Strategy and Innovation Award. The team mentor was Veronica Kurr, who is a junior at MHS.

The team also researched how to locate and study groundwater, and created a program that allows people to view soil layers and water location in 3-D using augmented reality. Talon of the Wyvern will give a demonstration of the Lego robot, and the FTC robot at the Glacier Creek Science Night later this year.

Another team, Epsilon SaberBOTz, also scored well at the state finals, finishing seventh. Members included eighth-grader Varun Gupta and sixth-graders Eric Ma, Clay Kreimeier and Corbin Slinde. The team mentor was MHS ninth-grader Calvin Slinde.

In all, 36 teams competed at the state championships. Teams were scored on project, robot interview, core values interview, and robot game.  Each component was equally weighted for scoring. The robot game was the only component where teams are ranked.

The theme this year was Hydrodynamics.  For the project, teams were required to identify a problem in the way people find, transport, use, or dispose of water.

First Lego League (FLL) is a worldwide robotics competition for students in grades 4-8 that emphasizes engineering and teamwork. More than 233,000 students from more than 80 countries are participating in First Lego League (FLL) this year.  FLL is a robotics program designed to get children excited about science and technology. Teams have to create a solution to problems faced by today's scientists.  Teams must also build and program a robot to solve missions on an obstacle course. They will present their solution and compete in the robot matches at regional tournaments. Qualifying teams move on to sectional, state and global tournaments.

To learn more, please visit the FLL website. To get involved in FLL or FTC/FRC, which is open to students in grades 9-12, visit the local BadgerBots website.