Monday, February 25, 2013

Champions Once More!

Jacob holding the Epic Team 3.0 2013 Trophies!
1st Place in Research
2nd Place Overall Champions! - AGAIN!

This past Saturday the Epic Team 3.0 Robotics Team, that Jacob has been a part of for three years, won big again!  This year's First Lego League theme was Senior Solutions, so they had to do research in this area and come up with a solution to a problem that senior citizens encounter.  The boys worked on designing an inexpensive, portable door knob opener.  The did lots of research, worked with a senior partner, designed and created a working prototype, tested it and created a presentation and skit as a portion of their competition.  I wish you could see every bit of it!  It is wonderful and creative and priceless.  Their science board that they present to judges along with their skit is below.  I think if you click on the pictures, you can read some of it.

The boys took first in all categories in their December qualifying match and advanced to the South Texas (Houston) Championship.  They competed well, but we weren't sure what the awards ceremony would hold.  About midway through the awards ceremony, they received first place in Research!  This was so fitting.  Lots of trophies were given away for a variety of categories, but research is a big one!  They didn't receive any other awards until.........the very end!

We were so totally blown away when they received the 2nd Place Championship trophy AGAIN this year.  And the group of teams was bigger this year!  So out of the major categories judged (Robot Performance, Teamwork (Core Values), Research, and Technical Design - I think I got all those right!), their combined scores put them in second place out of 62 TEAMS competing!

Woo hoo!  We are so proud of these boys!  They work as a true team, the show Godly behavior and gracious professionalism, and they are smart and hardworking.  And blessings and thanks go to their fantastic coaches and the amazing parents!  We love these boys and these families!  What a privilege to be a part of this team and the whole experience!


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