LEGO team to World Championship!

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The Jedi Engineers Blog

We are the Eagle Valley Middle School First LEGO League Robotics Team, The Jedi Engineers! We are from Carson City, Nevada. We are a team of five 8th graders and one 7th grader. Our coaches and mentors are: Lisa Stocke-Koop, Eric Fancher and Jason Koop.

We have been invited to the FIRST World Festival in Houston, Texas this April! The good news did not stop there, soon afterward we found out we had received an invitation to an INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in Bath, UK.  We are stunned, overwhelmed and excited! 

The First LEGO League is a three prong competition. It involves building and programming a LEGO robot to accomplish specific tasks on the field, (mat), provided. Teams are also given a problem/issue to research and provide an innovative solution for.  Teams must go into their community and speak with experts and share their results. The third prong of the competition is the Core Values! Teams must exemplify FLL Core Values and display Gracious Professionalism at all times.

Our team has had quite the roller coaster of a season! The students have worked so hard!! They participated in our Qualifier Tournament in December and won 2nd place Core Values. EVERY category was marked as exemplary! Unfortunately, our robot had more than its share of glitches! In fact our robot game kept us out of the Northern Nevada Championships!!

Despite this team's disappointment, they were the ONLY team that stayed to clean up the entire event venue! WOW! What integrity! The students were put on an alternate list for the Championship, because of their high marks in all other categories and their behavior before, during and after the season.

Without any guarantees that they would be placed in the Championship tournament they took home the field kit and robot. Over their Winter Break, there was a complete robot redesign, build and programming!

They continued to practice and improve their project. They reached out to the community, shared and learned! 

They did receive an invitation to the Championships. They kept working and improving. These kids were motivated! They started a blog of their journey! Check out the link!

Championships arrived and they were ready! They performed in an outstanding manner all day! THEY HAD A BLAST! They knew they had put in the work and they enjoyed the day! At the end of the tournament, they were rewarded for all of their efforts by winning the 2016 - 2017 Northern Nevada First LEGO League 1st place Champion's Award! With winning this award they were invited to the World Festival in Houston, Texas!

Now, we are on a fundraising drive to get them there! Airfare, hotels, meals, transportation, banners, swag, shipping, etc. are all going to be fairly expensive. Registration for the Houston event alone is $1,000! We are a determined group though and have multiple fundraisers in the works!

We appreciate any assistance you can give us! We are extremely grateful for all of the support we have received throughout this amazing season!

Thank you and see you in Houston and Bath!
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Thank you, everyone, for your support! The Jedi Engineers took home 2nd place Robot Design - Programming at the International Championship in Bath, UK. They competed against 93 teams from 35 countries! Many teams were made up of high school students, as this league goes up to 16 in other countries! Please help us celebrate on Wednesday, July 5th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at 2034 Columbine Ct in Carson City, NV. We are so very proud of these students! Thank you again!
2nd place Robot Design - Programming
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Thank you, Kohl's Cares! With your donation from our yard sale, we have broken $30,000! Thank you to all of our supporters! <3
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Check out the Jedis working last weekend! These kids have put their heart and soul into making their dreams come true! I am so proud of these students!
The Jedi Engineers working the car wash!
The Jedi's Night at the Aces!
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The Jedi Engineers returned last night from the FIRST World Championships in Houston, Texas.

The Jedi Engineers won 3rd place Core Values Award for Teamwork!!! We are stunned and overwhelmed! There were 108 teams at our level, many were Country Champions. In addition, in other countries, this level goes to 16 years of age, so the kids were also competing against high school students as well!

Now to keep improving and preparing for the International Championship in Bath! We are thinking about trying to team up with one of the manufacturers to create a full-size model of our kennel in plastic or laminate for trials.

The problem solving and learning continues...

Thank you all again for your amazing support!
Core Values Third Place Award, Teamwork
Jedi Engineers with sponsor banner.
Core Values Award
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