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CCMS team 9886 places first in Ace Basin Qualifier and Garage Cubs place second

Tula Hildabrand, a team member for the City Slicers of Forest Hills Elementary, waits with great anticipation to see if their robot will complete their mission.

Twenty-two First Lego League teams gathered at Colleton County Middle School on November 16 to perform what they have been studying, building, and programming for the past two months. Colleton County School district had eleven teams competing. Colleton County Middle School, Forest Hills Elementary, Northside Elementary, Cottageville Elementary, and Hendersonville Elementary each had two teams that competed while Bells Elementary has one team that went into battle. There is also a Lowcountry team that is based in Walterboro that competed. They were all competing to win a ticket to the regional tournament that will be held on December 14, 2019 at Cane Bay Middle School.
Teams were guaranteed a minimum of eight weeks from the challenge global announcement that came in late August to prepare for their qualifier. During the build, season teams were designing, building, and programming their LEGO MINDSTORMS robots to complete this year’s Robot Game missions. They’re also identifying and completing research in support of their challenge Project. Most importantly, during the season teams spent time practicing and demonstrating First Lego League core values. The core values are Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, and Fun.
At the end of the day, after setting up their Core Value posters, interviewing with Judges, and running their team built robots, several local teams earned awards. The Colleton County Middle School team 9886 won “1st Place Champions” and the Lowcountry Community team the “Garage Cubs” earned 2nd Place Champions. Both teams have earned a spot in the upcoming regional battle that will be held at Cane Bay Middle. Also earning awards were the “Bear Bots” from Bells Elementary with their second place in core values. The Northside Stars were given the perseverance award for their efforts during their question and answer session with the judges.
Teams were judged on four different areas: core values and teamwork, project and presentation, robot design and robot performance. This year’s First Lego League’s theme was City Shaper. Teams were asked to consider how they could shape a better future for everyone. This included all of today’s city development issues, from building new buildings to transportation. Ed Williams, Director of the FLL program for Colleton County, was thrilled to see so many local teams win awards. “I think our qualifier was fantastic especially since we had so many new coaches and rookie players this year. I am excited to see what our team can do at Regionals. We know they have what it takes to make it to the state competition and will be rooting them on to do so,” said Williams.
The Regional Tournament will be held at Cane Bay Middle School on December 14, 2019. The public is invited to attend, and it is free of charge.

Christie Slocum (576 Posts)