December 9, 2013
York Technical College Releases Lego Competition Results
After nearly 200 York County middle school students spent hours
putting their Nature’s Fury robots through rigorous Lego missions, it
came down to which teams had the best core values, project,
performance and robot design.
For the 13th year in a row,
students from the York County School Districts had the opportunity to
display their natural-disaster-themed FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL)
projects at York Technical College this past Friday.
went to the following champions of these categories:
Category: Grand Champion
School: Hughes Academy of Science and Technology’s
This FLL’s Champion’s Award recognizes a team
that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing the FLL’s Core
Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot
Game and Project.
Category: Core Values
Academy of Science and Technology’s
award recognizes a team that excels across the Inspiration, Teamwork
and Gracious Professionalism® categories. This team displays
extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, knows they can accomplish more
together than they could as individuals, and shows each other and
other teams respect at all times.
Orchard Park Elementary School
This award recognizes a team that excels across the Research, Innovative Solution and Presentation categories. This team utilized diverse resources for their project to help them gain a comprehensive understanding of the problem they identified, develop a creative, well-researched solution and effectively communicate their findings to judges and the community.
School: Hawthorne Christian Academy
Team: “Hawthorne Brainiacs”
Teams have a chance to
compete in at least three 2.5 minute matches and only the highest
score out of the three matches counts. The Robot Performance Award
recognizes a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game.
Category: Robot Design
School: A.R. Rucker Middle School
This award recognizes a team that excels across
the Mechanical Design, Programming and Strategy & Innovation
categories. This team uses outstanding programming principles and
solid engineering practices to develop a robot that is mechanically
sound, durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge
Although 18 teams competed, only four received
golden tickets to move on to the state competition. These teams are
the Hughes Academy Cougars, The Hawthorne Brainiacs, The Orchard Park
Eagles and The Hughes Academy Robotics.
Eighth grader Cameron
Williams from Hughes Academy said that his favorite part about the
competition was getting to spend time with his teammates. He explained
that he was looking forward to going to states, seeing other great
robots and most of all having a good competition.
“We had a few
set backs during the competition, but getting the chance to go to
states means that we persevered,” Williams said.
To see photos from the event visit our Facebook page
Championship is Feb 15 at River Bluff High School in Lexington. The
winner(s) of the state get to go to the World Championship April
23-26, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.
About FIRST® LEGO® League:
FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds (9 to 14
in US/CAN/MEX), which is designed to get children excited about
science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life
skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely
designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with
at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing
club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who
wish to do something awesome.
See more at:
York Technical College Mission Statement:
Building Our Community Through Maximizing Student Success
York Technical College / 452
South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC 29730