NEXTGEN ROBOTICS TEAM WINS FIRST LEGO LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Moves On To World Championship

 

WEXFORD, PA, February 21 - The middle school robotics team NextGen Robotics, hosted by MySTEM Academy, won the First Place Director’s Award at the 2021 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Western Pennsylvania Championship. In addition to the 1st place overall among the 16 participating teams, NextGen Robotics also got the first place in the Robot Game and the Global Innovation Project Award. FLL is an annual competition that judges teams on three aspects: Core Values, Innovation Project, and Robot Design. 

 

The team consists of local students Alex Lopez, Andrew Woods, Karthik Palled, Owen McKernan, Prisha Dargan, Sameer Gosalia, Shivum Telang, Sritej Padmanabhan, Ronit Ginde, and Zach Manczka. They each dedicated over 300 hours since June 2020, meeting partly remotely and partly in small groups at MySTEM Academy’s center in Wexford, PA, to build and program an autonomous robot to solve 14 missions in 2.5 minutes; design and create a prototype, modular, low-cost weight training system using professional CAD software and 3d printers; and teach robotics and coding to local and international children.

 

As the region’s first place champions, the team qualified to attend the FLL World Festival in Detroit, Michigan, in August 2021, with 70 teams from all over the world. As the recipient of the Global Innovation Project Award, NextGen Robotics has also been nominated to submit their Innovation Project to the next level.

 

Congratulations to our 2020 and 2021 FLL Teams

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

FLL is an international program created by inventor Dean Kamen to promote science, technology, engineering, and math among children ages 9-14. FLL events consist of ​3 components:

  • A ​robot game, where team members build and program LEGO robots to ​solve various missions;
  • A ​project, where they research a problem of their choice related to the year​'s​ theme​;
  • Core Values, where they learn to work as a team and to compete in a spirit of friendly "coopertition."​

​FLL is meant as an opportunity for children to learn science and technology, teamwork, project management, decision-making, and other important tools they'll need to succeed in the professional world. MySTEM Academy focuses on mentoring the children to succeed, not on winning a​n award. Winning is a consequence of how much effort the children invest in solving the ​robot game, conducting and presenting the ​project, and practicing core values.

  YEAR FLL Theme MySTEM Academy Awards
  2020 RePLAY NextGen: 1st Champions Award, 1st Robot Game, Global Innovation Project Award
  2020 RePLAY SportSTEAM: 2nd Champions Award, 1st in Innovation Project Award
  2020 RePLAY YinzGirls: 3rd Champions Award, 1st in Robot Design and Programming
  2020 RePLAY Team BOT: 2nd in Robot Design and Programming
  2020 RePLAY Infinite Loop: 3rd in Robot Design and Programming, 
  2019 City Shaper (Open) Raptorbots: 1st in Robot Game, 1st in Innovation Project, 3rd Champions Award
  2019 City Shaper (Open) Team N.E.X.T: First Place Award in Robot Strategy
  2019 City Shaper (Open) YinzGirls: First Place Award in Core Values Team Work
  2019 City Shaper Team B.O.T: 3rd in Robot Game, and 2nd Champions Award in Scholastic
  2019 City Shaper Triple B: First Place Award in Innovation Project
  2018 Into Orbit Champion's Award Scholastic Division
  2018
Into Orbit
First Place Award Project Innovative Solution
  2018
Into Orbit
First Place Award Robot Performance Scholastic Division
  2018
Into Orbit
First Place Award Reseach
  2018
Into Orbit
Third Place Award Robot Performance
  2018 Into Orbit Champion's Award and Invitation to International Razorback Arkansas
  2018 Hydrodynamics First Place Overall Core Values Award at the International Razorback Arkansas
  2017 Hydrodynamics Champion's Award and invitation to International Razorback Arkansas
  2017 Hydrodynamics First Place Award in Strategy and Innovation
  2016 Animal Allies Champion's Award and invitation to the World Festival 
  2016 Animal Allies First Place Award in Project Presentation
  2016 Animal Allies First Place Award in Project Innovative Solution
  2015 Trash Trek First Place Award in Programming
  2015 Trash Trek First Place Award in Project Presentation
  2015 Trash Trek Second Place Award in Team Inspiration
  2014 World Class First Place Award in Innovative Project Research
  2014 World Class First Place Award in Core Value
  2014 World Class Second Place Award in Programming
  2013 Nature's Fury  First Place Award in Programming
  2013 Nature's Fury Second Place Award in Engineering Design     
  2012 Senior Solutions First Place Award in Project Research
  2012 Senior Solutions Second Place Award in Project Research
  2012 Senior Solutions Third Place Award in Project Research
     2011    Food Factor First Place Award in Programming
  2011 Food Factor First Place Award in Project Research
  2010 Body Forward Second Place Award in Project Research
  2009 Smart Move First Place Award in Project Research
  2008 Climate Connections Directors Award
  2008 Climate Connections  Second Place Award in Programming

2018-2019 Beastbots FLL Robotics Team participated in the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas.

2017-2018 AI FLL Robotics Team participated in the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas.

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