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Middle School Of Plainville Shines In First Lego League Tournament!

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids ages 9 to 14. Each year, FLL teams embark on an adventurous challenge based on current, real-world issues. The current theme is bio-medical engineering. FLL entices kids to think like scientists and engineers, and inspires them to participate in science and technology. Students at the Middle School of Plainville, under the direction of Technology Education teacher and MSP Robotics Advisor Camille Westfall, have participated in FIRST LEGO League for the past 12 years.

The Middle School's Robotics Team excelled at the Suffield Regional Lego League Tournament held November 20th. According to Jessica Masco, a sixth grader at MSP, "This was my first time being a part of a robotics team and I had a great time! I loved seeing all the different robots and the solutions that each team came up with to solve the missions."

The Gearhead Team won the Teamwork Award, which is presented to the team whose members best demonstrate extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, exceptional partnership, the utmost respect for their own teammates, and support and encouragement of fellow teams. Nick Zaleski, an eighth grader and a member of the Gearheads for the past three years says, "I think it was great that we won the teamwork award because this year our team is excellent and we have a lot of fun working with each other. An example of our team's creativity and spirit would be having a limbo contest to keep the audience entertained while the judge's decided on awards."
The Greenstorm Team won the Gracious Professionalism Award which is the most prestigious award that a team can win. It celebrates the ultimate success of the FIRST mission and FLL Core Values. A champion is someone who passionately supports a cause. For FLL, champions passionately inspire and motivate others about the excitement of science and technology, solving problems, working as a team, and demonstrating respect. The judges commented on how wonderfully the team members interacted with each other and according to Sarah Warner, one of the captains of the Greenstorm Team, "I am very proud of our team and how we all worked together to earn this great award."

Both of these teams also earned the Golden ticket necessary to advance to the State Championship which will be held on December 12th at Central Connecticut State University.

"FLL gives a team member a glimpse of what life is like in a technology career. A team member gets to see a product develop from a specification to a design approach, to prototyping, to development, to integration, to test, and finally to product. Every stage provides its own unique problems and challenges to the team," said Westfall.

"We are so fortunate to have this program at the Middle school. It is a high quality learning experience. The entire community can be proud of Ms. Westfall and these students," commented Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.

-Posted on November 29, 2010 at 11:43 AM

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