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Jefferson Middle School Robotics Teams Win Championship Tournament

by Mrs. Avakian

San Gabriel

Jefferson Middle School’s Robotics teams “Catching Fire” and “10.0” competed at the Southern California Championship Tournament held at LegoLand on Sunday, December 8, 2013. After several months of programming and researching, both teams had scored high enough at the qualifying tournament to advance and compete at the championship level. At LegoLand, 56 teams from across California were gathered to share their innovative ideas in battling Nature’s Fury (this year’s First Lego League theme), robot design, programming, and teamwork. Our teams researched topics on wild fire detection and earthquake safety after visiting Angeles National Forest and Cal Tech, where they learned more about natural disasters from the experts in the fields. Teams also designed and programmed their robots to complete several tasks prescribed by FLL.

“Catching Fire” and “10.0” were among the finalists who were called back after the first round of judging to answer more questions about their projects and robots. At the end of the day, the JMS Robotics teams won Robot Performance Award, Programming Award, and 1st place Champions Award in Southern California.

Team Coaches: Mrs. Avakian, Ms. Tom, Mr. Ayad

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