Three Kennesaw FIRST LEGO League Robotic Teams Advance to State
FIRST LEGO League Robotic Super Regional competitions were held in Athens, Marietta, Clayton, Gwinnett and Warner Robbins. Nine teams from each Super Regional were selected to compete in the state competition at Georgia Tech.
Kennesaw is home to three of the teams moving on from the Athens Super Regional competition. Two of the teams are from Girl Scout Troop No. 2609 in Kennesaw. Girls on Fire consists of fourth and sixth graders. The team won an award for teamwork. Team Fire, which won an award for strategy and innovation, consists of seventh graders. Both teams will head to Georgia Tech to compete for best in state.
The third Kennesaw team is from St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School, the defending Georgia State Champion. The Blazers 1 team won first place at the Athens Super Regional. In addition to winning state last year, the SCS Blazers won first place at the 2012 World FLL Invitational Open in Winter Haven, Fla., which drew 61 teams around the world.
Blazers 2 from SCS also competed at the Super Regional. Out of 515 teams in the state, the Blazers 2 team's robot scored in the top 15 percent. It was the first time that SCS’s two teams advanced to the Super Regional. The Blazers 2 team looks forward to going to state next year.
FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9- to 14-year-olds that is designed to get children excited about science and technology. The program teaches valuable employment and life skills. It introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges. They build LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.