LWR BotTanks - Robotics Team Going International!

Lakewood Ranch FIRST LEGO Team to Compete on International Stage

An LWR SAVVY Robotics Team, the LWR BotTanks, has advanced to the international level in FIRST LEGO League.  The LWR BotTanks competed on Saturday, February 1st  at the West Coast Regional Championship for the opportunity to be 1 of the 3 teams to receive an invitation to compete internationally, 1 of 7 to advance to the Florida State Championship, and/or the 1 team to be nominated for prestigious FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award.  Each FIRST LEGO League team has been challenged this season to (1) identify a problem with a building or public space in their community and provide an innovative solution to solve it, (2) design and build a robot, associated attachments, and code to autonomously complete up to 14 different complex missions within 2.5 minutes, and (3) do it all while displaying the FIRST Core Values!

After an outstanding day at the Regional Championship, The LWR BotTanks were awarded ALL 3 opportunities!  The LWR BotTanks, coached by Tara Bergstrom Merino and Max (Inigo) Merino and comprised of Lexi Brielmann, Matthew Goldberg, Jaxon Lemus, Ike Lippincott, Owen Lippincott, Tess Lippincott, Michael Merino, and Natalie Merino, will be representing Lakewood Ranch and the entire West Coast of Florida at the South Carolina Global Invitational May 6th – 9th, at the Florida State Championship on March 28th in Niceville, and as the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award nominee.  Through the nomination for the Global Innovation Award, the LWR BotTanks will have the opportunity to go on to meet government leaders, receive patents, bring their invention to market, and could even receive $20,000 to continue their work!
LWR SAVVY is proud to be sponsored by Lakewood Ranch Grand Living, Lakewood Ranch, Little Geniuses, and ID8.  In order for the LWR BotTanks to represent our region at this level, the team will be seeking sponsorship up to $15,000.


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Fundraising team: LWR BotTanks (2)

Tara Bergstrom Merino 
Bradenton, FL
Jesse Goldberg 
Team member
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