Monday, December 18, 2017

Greenville Middle School Robotics Team Competes in FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifier

Ava Loudy, Maxwell Jordan, Brianna Flory, and Harrison Plessinger members of Greenville Middle School Robotics team, with Coaches Alissa Elliott and Steve Plessinger, recently competed at West Carrolton Middle School in the 2017-18 FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifier.
Members of Greenville Middle School Robotics team recently competed at West Carrolton Middle School in the 2017-18 FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifier. Team GRIP (Greenville Robotics Innovative Programmers) was scored on their performance in The Robot Games, presentation of a project creating an innovative solution to the human water cycle, and representation of FIRST LEGO League core values. The rookie team placed 8th in the Robot Games out of 16 teams.

For the Robot Games, team members including Maxwell Jordan, 8th grade; Harrison Plessinger, 8th grade; Brianna Flory, 7th grade; and Ava Loudy, 6th grade worked on the FIRST LEGO League project Hydro Dynamics. They built a robot and programed it to complete as many designated missions as possible by the end of a 2 minute 30 second match, scoring points for each mission accomplished. Greenville Middle School 6th grade Science teacher Alissa Elliott and Steve Plessinger coached the team.

Through the Hydro Dynamics Challenge students made a splash learning about water – how to find, transport use, or dispose of it. Throughout the project they discovered what might become possible when we understand what happens to our water. Identifying urban runoff as a current problem within the human water cycle the team created the innovative solution of a rain barrel with an automated garden and formally presented the solution to a panel of judges.

Greenville Middle School Robotics Team was formed this spring by Alissa Elliott, students submitted applications to join the team. The team participated in a FIRST LEGO League week long day camp in July, as an introduction to the program and Robot Games. In September the project Hydro Dynamics was released, and the team began preparing for the Regional Competition. The top 5 teams from the Regional Qualifier move on to the district competition.

In FIRST LEGO League students are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solutions to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, students develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning that they can make a positive contribution to society.

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