District Holds FIRST® FLL Robotics Pre-Qualifier

The FIRST® FLL Robotics Pre-Qualifier was held at Shoal River Middle School, Saturday, November 16th, and was hosted by the Shoal River Middle School Robotics Program, led by Laurie Allen. “It was a phenomenal day, fun and learning was enjoyed by all who attended. Kudos to Laurie and her amazing team of parent volunteers,” said David Johnson, Teacher on Special Assignment. “Everything was well organized, ran smoothly, and everyone in attendance supported our students in a very positive atmosphere. The smiles on the students faces as they overcame problems and setbacks, the way teams helped each other overcome obstacles, the sharing of knowledge…. it was all quite magical.”

Pre-Qualifier events are very important as they give the students a trial run at this year’s game and an opportunity, without the pressure, to practice in a real tournament environment. Their scores do not count; however, the experience is beyond measure for the teams.

Special thanks go out to the Doolittle Institute and Lauren Bierman for supporting this endeavor. “Without the Doolittle Institute’s financial support, vision, and “boots on the ground”, this kind of learning would not be possible,” said Johnson. “This type of co-curricular event, with students applying their classroom knowledge, competing with their peers, in a sporting environment, is where the real depth of knowledge occurs.”

Bruner Middle School Robotics Team

Bruner Middle School Robotics Team

Davidson Middle School 3Teams

Davidson Middle School 3Teams

Davidson Middle School NextGen Team

Davidson Middle School NextGen Team

Mary Esther Elementary School ThunderBots

Mary Esther Elementary School ThunderBots

Mini Green Machine Team

Mini Green Machine Team

Northwood Elementary School Team

Northwood Elementary School Team

Pryor Middle School ArgBots Teams

Pryor Middle School ArgBots Teams

Shoal River Middle School MisFitzTeam

Shoal River Middle School MisFitzTeam

Shoal River Middle School MrFitzTeam

Shoal River Middle School MrFitzTeam

STEMM Academy Swarm Team

STEMM Academy Swarm Team