STMA Robotics Team Wins First LEGO League Competition

St. Thomas More's team named "Defensores Aquae" (defenders of water in Latin) received the Champion's award given to the top team across three areas of the competition. They will now advance to the Maryland state championship competition.

The First Lego League competition consists of three areas: robot game, core values, and project.  The robot game challenges students to program an autonomous Lego Mindstorms robot to navigate a series of obstacles.  The core value challenge asks students to solve a problem within a time limit while judges evaluate their ability to work as team. For the project challenge, students research a problem related to the theme, which was hydro dynamics this year, and propose a solution to a panel of engineers and others who evaluate the idea's originality and practicality.

"Much of the preparation for this year's competition began last summer with the school's robotics camp" said team coach Tom Neumark, "but it goes back even further.  Some of the team members have been at this for four years."  Coach Verona Leahy agreed, "We are thrilled and humbled to be advancing to the state competition.  The students have worked for years to get to this point."

The St. Thomas More Academy team scored well in all three events, finishing third in the robotics portion of the competition.  For the project this year, their students developed a unique solution to an agricultural problem and created a working prototype of it using a special kind of plastic they created.

The state level competition will be held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus, on February 24th.  St. Thomas More Academy’s team was one of two teams advancing to this level out of a field of twelve.

 


STMA Robotics Team Wins First LEGO League Competition
  • STMA Robotics Team Wins First LEGO League Competition
  • STMA Robotics Team Wins First LEGO League Competition
  • STMA Robotics Team Wins First LEGO League Competition
  • STMA Robotics Team Wins First LEGO League Competition