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A team of Briarcliff seventh graders beat out 13 other groups to be named Overall Tournament Champions in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition this past Sun., Feb. 10, at Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie, New York. Georgia Burkard, Hunter Burkard, Sajan Bar, Weston Cooper and Eli Karp make up the team, “CG and the Robo Bros,” which will advance to the Hudson Valley Regional competition at Dutchess Community College on Sat., Feb 23.
The team will compete against 12 other local teams for a chance to attend the North American Open Championship Tournament, May 17-19, 2013, at Legoland in Carlsbad, CA.
Participants competed in four categories including: robot design, robot mission competition, the senior solution research project and the core values of the First Lego League. This year’s competition theme was Senior Solutions, which required teams to devise a project that could help seniors live longer and safer lives, in addition to robot design and programming. CG and the Robo Bros proposed the Senior Watch 2.0, an easily programmable software that can be uploaded to a watch to remind seniors and caregivers of their schedules, medicine times, and even help them find lost objects.
Hunter Burkard said, "Lego Robotics teaches us that competition takes all forms. And what we do here can be applied in everything we do in school.”
FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills.