The Floydbots, the William Floyd Elementary School Robotics team just in its second year of existence, won the “Champions Award” at the SBPLI FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Qualifier held this past weekend at Great Hollow Middle School in Nesconset.
Competing against 27 other schools with student teams in grades four through eight, the Floydbots took home the most prestigious award in this competition, the Champions Award, which recognizes a team that excels at all three components of the FIRST Lego League Challenge – “Project,” “Core Values” and the “Robot Game.” To earn this award, the Floydbots scored in the top 25% of the robot game and had the highest overall rank in the three other categories – “Project,” “Core Values” and “Robot Design.” The award also recognizes the team that embodies the FIRST Lego League experience by fully embracing Lego’s core values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the robot game and project portions. This performance qualifies the Floydbots for the Long Island FIRST Lego League Championship at Longwood High School on Sunday, March 4.
“I’m so proud of the Floydbots for earning the Champions Award,” said Dr. Keith Fasciana, Principal, William Floyd Elementary School. “This award is a testament to the hard work and determination of the students and their advisors. They are a special group and I look forward to the next round of competition.”
The 2018 Long Island FIRST Lego League field consists of 168 teams and the Floydbots are now one of 40 teams competing for the 2018 Long Island FIRST Lego League Championship and the opportunity to go to the national competition. There are more than 200,000 kids participating in the 2018 FIRST Lego League Tournament in 90+ countries.
Congratulations to the team members, including: Aisha Barrie, Thomas Betz, Catherine Corry, Abigail DeMartino, Christopher Dorsa, Max Heitman, Maisy Miller, Ava Ng, Connor Ng and Ricky Zeng; and their coaches Ms. Alba Salazar (teacher) and parents Jen Heitman and Joel Heitman.