A Cherokee County School District robotics team placed at the state tournament!
The Mill Creek MS Lego Cats - Navy team earned the third place overall Champion’s Award at the statewide First Lego League competition held this month at Georgia Tech. This success followed their win of the Core Values trophy for their bracket both at Regionals and Super Regionals competitions.
Team members are: Phoebe Gonzalez, Felix Jones, Kameron Kirklen, Peter Marshall, Kishan Patel, Noah Racine and Julius Wilson, and coaches are technology teachers Mark Markley and Ryan Brumbelow.
Twenty-four top elementary and middle school teams from public and private schools across Georgia earned the opportunity to compete at the state tournament after achieving high scores at both Regionals and Super Regionals. To earn the overall award, a team must excel in robotics, coding and problem-solving abilities, as well as in research and presentation skills and the League’s “gracious professionalism and cooperation” core values.
“We’re incredibly proud of these students for their hard work and their demonstration of outstanding values that led to this statewide recognition,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We put a high value on critical thinking skills, and this success validates the investment by our community in classroom lessons and extra-curricular opportunities focused on building these abilities. Congratulations to their dedicated coaches and all of their teachers for their role in this achievement.”
First Lego League teams each school year design and build a robot using the LEGO Mindstorms system and then write code to program their robot to complete specific tasks set by the competition organizers. During competitions, each team demonstrates its robot’s ability to accomplish specific tasks. Teams each school year also solve a problem through a research project and, during competitions, make a presentation to the judges on their project.
The Cherokee County School Board and Dr. Hightower will recognize the team at the March School Board meeting.