Norwood Robotics Teams Qualify for the First Lego League State Championship
Norwood's two robotics teams, the Green Hawks and the White Hawks, have qualified to compete in the FIRST LEGO League State Championship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on February 25.
Both teams earned their spots at the State Championship after competing in the regional tournament on January 14 at the Rockville Science Center. Of the 25 teams at the regional event, six of them were selected to advance to the State Championship in February. Norwood's Green Hawks team won first place for robot design, and the White Hawks team won second place for core values.
The teams are supported and cheered on by four advisors: Juan Ramirez, Jose Melendez, and Arya Shafie, from the Technology Department, along with Casey Kunkel from the Science Department. "We are very proud of these students for all the hard work they put into preparing for the regional tournament," commented Juan Ramirez, Director of Technology. "Their determination, resilience, and out-of-the-box thinking certainly paid off, and we're all excited to see what happens at the State Championship."
FIRST LEGO League provides students ages 9-14 with a hands-on, interactive robotics program in a sports-like atmosphere. Teams of up to 10 players focus on team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking to develop solutions to a problem currently facing the world – the Challenge. Participating teams strategize, design, build, program, test and refine a fully autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS™ technology. The teams also do their own research, talk to professionals, and develop compelling presentations which relate to the Challenge. They are evaluated on their robot's performance, their presentation, teamwork, and robot design.
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.