Congrats are in order for Parish Episcopal’s sixth-grade team of Kelly Autrey, Matthew Bransky, Anderson Corley, Charles Finch, Nathan Liddell, and Bailey Robinson. The bunch won first place this weekend at the FIRST LEGO League competition at St. Phillips School and Community Center.
The win secured the team’s spot in the FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship event on January 21 at The Hockaday School. Two other sixth-grade teams have qualified for the competition as well.
FIRST LEGO League is an international competition for students ages 9 – 14 in which students design, build, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO Mindstorms. The “bots” must navigate a field to score as many points as possible in 2-and-a-half minutes.
Student teams are also required to prepare a research project related to the competition’s theme. Parish projects included prevention of E. Coli, improvements to organic farming, preventing Mercury poisoning of tuna, and an alternative to the pasteurization process of yogurt.
Parish’s first-place team took top honors in its competitive project category for their proposed solution of Mad Cow disease. Parish had eight teams participating in competition this weekend at UTA and the St. Philips School and Community Center.