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Five teams from Los Alamos competed at the New Mexico state FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship Feb. 1 in Albuquerque. Competing among 44 teams, the Los Alamos teams did well.
Two Girl Scout teams won top prizes and have been asked to attend the North American Open Championship in Legoland, Calif., May 16-18.
The Atomic Flying Pickles, competing in their fourth year, won the second place Champion’s Award. The Bloonatics won the third Place Champion’s Award. A rookie team, The Atomic Phoenixes won the Presentation Award.
FLL is one of the robotics programs in FIRST, a program that encourages kids to get excited about science and technology. Teams compete in three areas: robotics using LEGO Mindstorms; a project presentation based on the year’s theme; and Core Values.
In the robot games, the robots which the teams have designed and built have two and a half minutes to score points on “missions” on a table of LEGO models.
All five teams from Los Alamos scored in the top 15 in the robot games, with the Bloonatics finishing sixth, the Exploding Crazy Orange Sodas finishing eighth, the Radioactive Fireflies finishing ninth, the Atomic Phoenixes finishing tenth and the Atomic Flying Pickles finishing 15th.
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