FIRST Lego League Robotics, Nine Teams Advance to Regional Competition
January 17, 2020
Nine Plano ISD FIRST Lego League (FLL) are advancing to the regional championship tournament that will be held at Parish Episcopal School on January 25. Competition in the North Texas Region included 484 teams with only 68 teams qualified to move forward to the next level of competition.
Two teams from Sigler Elementary along with teams from Gulledge, Harrington, Barksdale, Andrews, Haun, Hunt and Mathews Elementary have qualified for this prestigious tournament. Teams qualify based their outstanding robot design and their creative response to this year's "City Shaper" challenge question, while demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship. FLL robotics challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. This year's City Shaper Challenge is "What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?
Plano ISD has a total of 64 FIRST Lego League teams that are led by passionate teachers who serve as coaches for this after-school activity. Many of the FLL teams are mentored by high school students who participated in the program when they were younger as well as by interested community members.
Sigler Elementary fourth and fifth grade FLL Robotics students: (far left) Team 31479 City Bots team members: Sofia Yanes, Jax Mwangi, Samuel Ruiz, Nicholas Catalan and facing away from the camera are two of Team 25292 Three City Amigos: Yakibeth Guerrero and Rodrigo Villasenor.
Haun Huskies FLL Robotics: Dane Cramer, Alexander Zhang, Sean Kim, Omar Kamal (back), Brandon Arreguin, Joshua Wu, Sahasra Kotthur, and Ioan Chan (Mason Kinsey not pictured). Team coaches are : Fifth Grade Teacher Abby Cramer (far left) and PACE Teacher Jennifer McCarty. The team is holding their Champions Award trophy, earned at the December 7 FLL competition. The champion award recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing the Core Values of inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism while achieving excellence and innovation.