More than 80 elementary and middle school students participated in Georgia Tech-Savannah’s annual Coastal Kids’ Robotics Competition held December 3. The event, held at Woodville-Tompkins Technical & Career Institute in Savannah, Georgia, attracted 11 teams from around the state.
Awards:Georgia Tech-Savannah supports teachers, parents, students and organizations learning to build and program LEGO robots, with the underlying goal of cultivating LEGO League teams for students ages 9-14. Activities include coach/parent/team workshops, practice sessions and the annual FIRST LEGO League Competition that advances and qualifies students for the state competition.A cornerstone outreach program of Georgia Tech-Savannah, the FIRST LEGO League Competition showcases robot designs and research projects of elementary and middle school students while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills. The program challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. Five teams will advance to the Super-Regional FIRST LEGO Competition hosted at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
- First Place (advancing to Super-Regional competition): Mysterious Minds – Mary Lee Clark Elementary/St. Marys Middle School
- Second place (advancing to Super-Regional competition): LEGO Lions – Georgetown School
- Third place (advancing to Super-Regional competition): Sugarmill Eagles – Sugarmill Elementary
- Gracious Professionalism Award (advancing to Super-Regional competition): Rams1 – St. Peter the Apostle
- Innovative Solution Award (advancing to Super-Regional competition): Trinity Techs – Trinity Christian School
- Mechanical Design Award: Lego Myeggo – Kingdom Builders Co-op (Note: This team was sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engeineers, Savannah section, chaired by Georgia Tech-Savannah graduate student Daniel Wu.)
- Presentation Award: Brave Bots – Bartlett Middle School
- Programming Award: CMS Robotics Club – Coastal Middle School
- Research Award: Savannah LEGO Robotics Club – Georgia Cyber Academy
- Strategy & Innovation Award: LEGOTrons-Savannah State Outreach – Isle of Hope K-8 & Hubert Middle School (Savannah State University)
- Teamwork Award: Techno-BOTS – Langston Chapel Middle School
This year, a special award was presented to an outstanding volunteer who has supported the competition since its inception. The Award for Exemplary Community Partner was presented to Dr. Thomas Murphy, associate professor of Engineering Studies at Armstrong Atlantic State University, for his “exemplary, unwavering and continued service” to the Coastal Kids’ Robotics Competition.
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