Burleson ISD Teams Advance to FIRST ® LEGO® League 2nd Round Qualifier

Teams Compete for a Bid to Advance to World Championships


BURLESON, Texas – (Dec. 11, 2017) – Burleson Independent School District (BISD) elementary and 6th grade students in the Aguanators and OBeeWanKeNoBees H2.0 teams advance to the FIRST® LEGO® League 2nd Round Regional Qualifier, to be held at Grand Saline High School later this month. Both teams competed against 41 other robotics teams at the FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Qualifier on December 9, and earned a chance to compete for a bid to go to the FIRST® LEGO® League World Championship.


The FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Qualifier was the state’s largest LEGO® robotics competition. It was held at Burleson High School, located at 100 Elk Drive in Burleson, Texas, on Saturday, December 9.  “This is my 6th year as an FLL Coach and the Burleson Qualifier tournaments I’ve been to this year and last have been the best run, smoothest, and least stressful tournaments I’ve attended,” said Ruth Ann Francis, Coach of Ft. Worth Robotics FLL Team #455.


These current and former Hajek Elementary students demonstrated their outstanding problem-solving skills, creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and sportsmanship, when their custom-built robots came to life in fast-paced, timed competitions at the 2nd Annual BHS-FLL Regional Qualifier.


The Aguanators team includes:

Josh Andrews

Mason Cashion

Ryan Chappotin

Sebastian Cooke

Jack Dietz

Caden Jones

Abby Pennington

Kelly Andrews, Mentor

Lindsey Cashion, and Shannon Jones, Coaches


The OBeeWanKeNoBees H2.O team includes:

Dylan Bomer

Barrett Keegan

Brett Keegan

Daniel Kubala

Andrew Martin

Parker Moncrief

Elijah Sones

Nykolas Winters

Cade Bomer

Mason Hudak

Jeanie Gilbert-French and Kim Keegan, Coaches


Last year, the OBeeWanKeNoBees advanced to the Grand Saline Second Round Qualifier, and won the “Champions Award.”


Teams competed in several categories, including robot missions, Core Values Teamwork Challenge, Team Project, and Robot Design. To successfully complete this year’s HYDRO DYNAMICSSM Challenge, teams must identify a problem within the human water cycle, design a solution to make the problem better, share the problem and solution with others, and then present the problem and solution to judges at the tournament. Team presentations must be live and may include posters, slideshows, models, multimedia clips, props, costumes, and more.


The competition is judged in three areas: the Project; the Robot Design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored.


Through hands-on experience and working in teams, students have a chance to explore a real-world issue through the use of science, technology, engineering, and math.  


“The relevance of the issue to the lives of the students is what drives their rigorous research and, ultimately, results in superb presentations on challenging and complex matters, as well as outstanding programming,” said BISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson.


The Regional Qualifier was sponsored by FIRST® Inspires and LEGO®, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is the sponsoring organization for North Texas FIRST® LEGO® League. Area schools and youth organizations with teams participating in the competition came from as far away as Dallas County and Aledo, and as close as Ft. Worth, Mansfield, and Midlothian. Burleson ISD had 14 elementary and middle school teams at this Challenge and over 1500 students, coaches, and community members attended this event.



Burleson Independent School District serves more than 12,000 students at 17 schools, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.


About FIRST®

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $30 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

About THE LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family, who founded it in 1932.


The LEGO Group is engaged in the development of children’s creativity through playing and learning. Based on the world-famous LEGO® brick, the company today provides toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 130 countries.

For more information, visit www.LEGO.com.

FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge, Coopertition®, and Gracious Professionalism® are trademarks of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). LEGO® and MINDSTORMS® are registered trademarks of the LEGO Group. FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., and ANIMAL ALLIES, held trademarks of FIRST and the LEGO Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2016 FIRST. All rights reserved.


About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The top cultural attraction in Dallas/Fort Worth and a Michelin Green Guide three-star destination, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park.  With a mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families, and life-long learners.  The 180,000-square-foot facility in Victory Park opened in December 2012 and is now recognized as the symbolic gateway to the Dallas Arts District.  Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors of public space; a children’s museum; a state-of-the art traveling exhibition hall; and The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience.  Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, the Victor Park museum has been lauded for its artistry and sustainability.  To learn more, please visit perotmuseum.org.



Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler

Burleson ISD Communications