Lego League robotics: HRMS, May St. teams advance to State

Team Celsius from Hood River Middle School won an invitation to the First Lego League state championship tournament in January with a first-place finish in Saturday’s First Lego League qualifying tournament at The Dalles Middle School.

The Robo Dragons, a May Street Elementary First Lego League (FLL) team, took first place in their division.

The Dalles Middle School’s Mighty Morphing Lego Arrangers took second place, also earning a berth at the state event. Two other teams will also advance: the Hard CORE Athletibots of Goldendale Middle School and the LAECAT of The Dalles Middle School.

Celsius dominated the Robot Performance category, where teams program their Lego robots to perform a variety of tasks. Teams start with a set amount of points and see points deducted if their robots fail to perform a variety of different tasks. Each team has three tries and the best of the three is the counting score.

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Families and robot lovers of all ages are invited to watch the fun at the Columbia Gorge First Lego League Tournament this weekend.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Wy’east Middle School (3000 Wy’east Road near Odell).

The tournament is a local qualifier for the international FLL robotics competition for kids ages 9 to 14. Winners will travel to the state tournaments in Hillsboro in January.

The high school robotics team is hosting the event. This is a first for FLL tournaments. No other qualifier in the history of First robotics has been hosted by a high school FTC team. advisor Jeff Blackman said Petra Knapp has been the driving force for the high school working closely with Google and the Gorge Technology Alliance.

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