Two Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois robotics teams took home awards at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifier on December 3 at Lincoln Land College in Springfield, Illinois.
FLUSH (Future Leaders Using Science for Humans) earned the Core Values Award, which recognizes a team that is empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm, spirit, problem solving, teamwork, and displays gracious professionalism. SWAT (Super Weird Awesome Tinkerbots) earned the Robot Game Table Performance Award, which recognizes the team that sores the most points during the Robot Game.
SWAT will advance to the State Championships on January 27, 2018 at the University of Illinois.
FLL is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds which is designed to get children excited about science and technology, as well as teach them valuable life skills. Along with programming robots, teams are also evaluated on an elaborate research project, as well as how well they demonstrate FLL core values.
FLUSH is coached by Stacy Sayuk, Josh Holliff, and Michele Cocran from Troy, IL. Team members include Megan Kitchen, Abigail Joliff, Olivia Sayuk, Sophie Bohnak, Andrea Cocran, and Ella Oney from Junior Troop 461. SWAT is coached by Krysti Connelly and Jeremy Pokorny, also from Troy, IL. Team members include Haley Kelly, Alyssa Pokorny, Mari Lowe, Kaylee Kitchen, Abigail Cocran, Leah Connelly, and Haley Pokorny from Cadette Troops 258 and 717.