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

Teams Compete for a Bid to Advance to World Championships

Dec. 4, 2018 – Fourteen teams represented Burleson ISD at the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) First Round Regional Qualifier held Dec. 1, 2018, at Hillsboro Junior High School. Students demonstrated the FLL Core Values as they presented team projects and programmed their robots to complete as many missions as possible during a Robot Game.

Through FLL competitions, students explore a real-world issue through the use of science, technology, engineering, and math when their custom-built robots come to life in fast-paced, timed competitions.

Advancing from this event to the Second Round Regional Qualifier are the “Space Boyz” from STEAM Middle School and the “Vikings” from Norwood Elementary School. The Second Round Regional Qualifier will take place on January 12, 2019, at Justin F. Kimball High School, located at 3606 S. Westmoreland Rd. in Dallas, Texas.

“This challenge brings out the best in critical thinking skills as students demonstrate their working knowledge of the robot they designed, their solution for physical and social problems humans face during deep space exploration, and teamwork as they complete their team challenge,” said Dr. Leslie Bender Jutzi, BISD’s Chief Academic Innovation Officer.

Additionally, three teams from Burleson ISD received awards at the Regional Qualifier.

  • The “Space Boyz” received the “Core Values Award,” which is presented to the team which exhibits teamwork and Gracious ProfessionalismTM in 6 categories: Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, and Fun.
  • “The Dark Side of the Lego” from the REALM @ Kerr Middle School received the “Referee Award,” which is presented to the team which demonstrates poise, energy, competence, and confidence during the Robot Game.
  • The “Project Award” was presented to Hughes Middle School Team #2 for their research, presentation and innovative solution to a physical or social problem faced by humans during long duration space exploration.  

 

The Norwood “Vikings” are interviewed by the announcer prior to their third attempt at the Robot Game.

The Norwood “Vikings” are interviewed by the announcer prior to their third attempt at the Robot Game.

The STEAM “Space Boyz” observe while referees calculate their score after their first attempt at the Robot Game.

The STEAM “Space Boyz” observe while referees calculate their score after their first attempt at the Robot Game.

The Norwood “Vikings” will advance to the Second Round Regional Qualifier on January 12, 2019, at Justin F. Kimball HS in Dallas, TX. L to R, Back Row: Mr. Heath Kelly, Coach; Mrs. Tracey Besgrove, Principal. L to R, Front Row: Mr. Jay Jordan, FLL; Jason Strout; Sawyer Kelly; Hudson Elder; Brennan Watson; Vincent Andrade; Evan Hall; Ms. Michael Ann Roe, Coach

The Norwood “Vikings” will advance to the Second Round Regional Qualifier on January 12, 2019, at Justin F. Kimball HS in Dallas, TX. L to R, Back Row: Mr. Heath Kelly, Coach; Mrs. Tracey Besgrove, Principal. L to R, Front Row: Mr. Jay Jordan, FLL; Jason Strout; Sawyer Kelly; Hudson Elder; Brennan Watson; Vincent Andrade; Evan Hall; Ms. Michael Ann Roe, Coach

The STEAM “Space Boyz” will advance to the Second Round Regional Qualifier on January 12, 2019, at Justin F. Kimball HS in Dallas, TX.  L to R, Back Row: Mr. Jay Jordan, FLL; Christian Steele; Daniel Kubala; Mason Hudak; Cade Bomer; Dylan Bomer; Grant Turner; Mrs. Louise Morgan, Coach; Mrs. Stephanie Turner, Coach; Mr. Chris Chappotin, Principal. L to R, Front Row: Ryan Chappotin, Caden Jones, Cole Webber.

The STEAM “Space Boyz” will advance to the Second Round Regional Qualifier on January 12, 2019, at Justin F. Kimball HS in Dallas, TX.  L to R, Back Row: Mr. Jay Jordan, FLL; Christian Steele; Daniel Kubala; Mason Hudak; Cade Bomer; Dylan Bomer; Grant Turner; Mrs. Louise Morgan, Coach; Mrs. Stephanie Turner, Coach; Mr. Chris Chappotin, Principal. L to R, Front Row: Ryan Chappotin, Caden Jones, Cole Webber.

 

Mrs. Stacy Hughes accepts the Referee Award from Mr. Jay Jordan on behalf of “The Dark Side of the Lego”

Mrs. Stacy Hughes accepts the Referee Award from Mr. Jay Jordan on behalf of “The Dark Side of the Lego”

Mrs. Nicole Behrens, Coach; Mrs. Alexia Wing-Wright, Coach; Wyatt Klotthor, Naia Marshall, Trey Wing, Team Members

 

Hughes Middle School Team #2 received the Project Award. L to R, Back Row: Mr. Jonathon Smith, Coach; Cara Bagley; Brianna Smith; Allison Vanbrunt; Mr. Ray Blanco, Coach. L to R, Front Row: Thomas Bowles; Jace Oakley; Luke Morgan; Tanner Layton; Austin Stephens; Laidyn Irwin

Hughes Middle School Team #2 received the Project Award. L to R, Back Row: Mr. Jonathon Smith, Coach; Cara Bagley; Brianna Smith; Allison Vanbrunt; Mr. Ray Blanco, Coach. L to R, Front Row: Thomas Bowles; Jace Oakley; Luke Morgan; Tanner Layton; Austin Stephens; Laidyn Irwin

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