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Longden Robotics Team Excels in Final Competition

Lynne Burkardt

The Longden Robotics Team, also known as Team TACO (Technically Awesome Creative Organization) won the 1st Place Teamwork Award at the Los Angeles Region First LEGO League (FLL) Championship Tournament on Saturday, December 14th in Torrance.   The unique trophy is built of specialized LEGO blocks.
Team TACO described how they work as a team and their understanding of FLL Core Values (e.g. learning is more important than winning, displaying gracious professionalism, how they grew as a team during the season, etc.).  As part of teamwork judging, teams were given a surprise activity and given only minutes to solve it: a hands-on engineering problem to build a bridge using available materials.
48 teams competed at the tournament, coming from as far as Palmdale, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. This was a State-level competition with the top team invited to attend the North American Cup at LEGOLand and the World Festival in Spain.
Special thanks to the Temple City Schools Foundation for their generous grant support, to the Temple City Unified School District for their help with promotion and press releases, to Kelly Kilmer for the use of her classroom, and to the Longden Elementary School staff, faculty, parents, and students for their enthusiasm and encouragement.
Longden’s team is comprised of students in grades 4 through 7.  For more information, please contact Kelly Kilmer, team Teacher Advisor at 626-548-5068.

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