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Rookie Girl Scout LEGO Robotics Team Advances to State Competition

Wednesday, December 29, 2010   (0 Comments)
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A team of seven Algonquin girls earned the highest score at a regional robotics competition in Crystal Lake this month, and was one of three chosen to advance to the state FIRST LEGO League competition January 14-15.

The girls, sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Motorola, formed Team BODPADO to compete in the 2010 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Challenge, an international competition for students in grades 4-8. Each year the contest focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences.

This year’s topic is "Body Forward – Engineering meets Medicine."

FLL teams must design and program LEGO Robots to complete tasks and work out solutions to the various challenges they are given prior to competing in tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots. Team BODPADO was one of 12 teams to compete in the FIRST LEGO League’s regional competition in Crystal Lake on December 19 and was the highest scoring team for the robots’ table tasks' performance–winning that category. It also won the Rookie Team Award.

Team BODPADO (a compilation of letters from team members’ names) has been working on their project since the 2010 FLL challenge launched on September 3. All are Community Unit School District 300 students, with one attending Lincoln Prairie Elementary School in Algonquin, and the six others attending Westfield Community elementary and middle schools.

The FLL state competition will be held January 14-15 at Forest View Field House in Arlington Heights. Approximately 60 teams who advanced from regional tournaments throughout the state are expected to compete.

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