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Six GSofSI Robotics Teams Qualify For FIRST LEGO League State Tournament


GSofSI Robotics Teams have been very successful during regional competition in FIRST LEGO League (FLL), a robotics program for 9-14 year olds. Six teams have qualified to compete at the Illinois State Tournament on Jan. 26 at University of Illinois: FLUSH from Edwardsville, Galaxy Girls from Albers, GIR! from Staunton, Legendary Knights of LEGO Destruction from Belleville, Polytechnic Puzzle Pieces from O'Fallon, and SWAT from Troy. Multiple teams also won awards during regional competition, including GIR! taking home the Champions Award during the tournament at Henning Elementary in O'Fallon.

In FLL, teams design and program robots that are used to compete in a table game, as well as conduct an extensive research project. Along with these components, teams are evaluated on how well they demonstrate FLL core values of discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork, and fun.

In total, GSofSI was able to field 12 teams for the 2018-19 FLL Season - thanks, in part, to a $25,000 grant from The Monsanto Fund.

2019 GSofSI FLL Teams:

Team Name
Coaches Hometown Awards Received
Bot Girls in the Blue
Carol Bond Staunton Rookie Award
Brainy Bots
Emily Klingensmith, Patty and Dave Kloostra Edwardsville Core Values Award
FLUSH Stacy Sayuk, Greg Sayuk, Michelle Cocran Edwardsville Robot Design Award
GIR! (Girls Exploring Robots!)   Jason Dothager Staunton Champions Award
Galaxy Girls
Stacy Schroeder Albers Robot Design Award
Legendary Knights of Lego Destruction Kevin Ponceroli Belleville Judges Award
Pizza Cats George Mitchom, Kerri Hoffman O'Fallon  
PolyTechnic Puzzle Pieces George Mitchom, Stacy Young O'Fallon Project Award
Shooting Stars Katie Manno Belleville Rookie Award
SWAT Krysti Connelly, Jeremy Pokorney Troy  
The MilkyWays Lori Heil, Josh Heil Edwardsville Rookie Award
The MoonWalkers Angelina Zabala, Liz Pardee Shiloh Rookie Award

There is still time to field a Junior FIRST LEGO League Team for Girl Scouts who are ages 6-9. For more information, call Emily Stanley at 800.345.6858.