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.