Austintown robotics team competes at regional competition


On Dec. 5, four Austintown Middle School First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Teams (Dark Matter, 9 Volts, Girlbotics and Another Mad Squad) competed in the Warren Delphi Regional FLL competition. The AMS teams competed against 20 other teams from around Northeast Ohio.

The morning competition consisted of students doing three presentations, which included a project presentation, a robot presentation and a core values presentation. In the afternoon, the teams had to program a LEGO mindstorm robot to perform missions on the table and were then scored based on the best of three rounds. All four teams received awards at the competition and three teams (9 Volts, Girlbotics and Another Mad Squad) were invited to the District Tournament in January at the University of Akron.

AMS Dark Matter won the Project Innovative Solution award, which recognizes a team’s solution that is exceptionally well-considered and creative, with good potential to solve the problem researched.

AMS 9 Volts won the Judges Award, where during the course of competition, the judges may encounter teams whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition. Some teams have a story that sets them apart in a noteworthy way. Sometimes a team is so close to winning an award that the Judges choose to give special recognition to the team. Judges Awards allow Judges the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Awards categories.

AMS Girlbotics won the Core Values Teamwork Award, which recognizes a team that is able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving and excellent time management.

AMS Another Mad Squad won the Robot Performance award for scoring the highest score on the Robot table - 495 Points. The Robot Performance Award recognizes a team that scored the most points during the Robot Game. Teams have a chance to compete in at least three, 2.5-minute matches and their highest score counts.

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