Fort Benning, GA | January 10, 2012
The White Elementary School Roaring Lions Robotics team participated in the local and regional Science and Technology First Lego League Robotics competitions with great success. The local Columbus, GA tournament took place on December 3rd at Columbus State University. Out of 19 teams from Columbus and nearby towns, The Roaring Lions placed second in the Robotics competition, in which the students had to program their robot to accomplish as many missions as possible in an allotted amount of time. In addition to that award, the team placed second in the overall competition which allowed them to advance to the Super Regional Competition in Warner Robins GA on January 7th.
The First Lego League competition incorporates four judging components each taking equal value. The components are not only the Robotics missions' runs and the robot technical design component but also core values and project components. The core values component includes the students being judged on inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism. The project component judges the students on research, innovative solution, and presentation. The E.A. White students scored high in all areas. Most importantly is the learning that has taken place through this entire process.
At the Super Regional Competition in Warner Robins, the Roaring Lions was among 40 teams competing. Amazingly, the team placed second in the overall competition. In the technical category where the students share the robot mechanical design, demonstrate robot programming, and discuss their innovation and strategy for the robotics category the students placed first. This contributed greatly to their second place overall rating. The accomplishment of second place in the regional competition allows the Roaring Lions to compete on Saturday January 28th in the state competition at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.