Norwood Robotics Teams Earn Spots at the FIRST Lego League State Championship

On January 5 and January 12, Norwood's two robotics teams (the Green Hawks and the Blue Hawks) competed in a FIRST Lego League Qualifying Tournament for the State of Maryland. Both teams did extremely well and advanced to the state championship on February 23!
The Green Hawks team won first place overall in their qualifying tournement on January 5. In addition, as winners of the Innovation Award, the team will also submit a video about their research on the effects of and a solution for human isolation during space travel to the moon or to Mars. If they are selected among the 20 best teams, they will travel to California to present their solution. The winning team will receive a $20,000 cash prize, and the two runners-up will each receive a $5,000 cash prize. Prize money will be used to further develop the team's invention and/or to support team activities related to FIRST Lego League programs.

The Blue Hawks won first place for their game table and second place in robot design at their qualifying tournament on January 12.

Their success continued on the state level when the Norwood teams were two of 80 teams competing in a variety of complex challenges related to space and space travel. The Blue Hawks placed tenth for their robot game, and the Green Hawks received first place for teamwork. When describing the teamwork award, the event organizers said, “The award recognizes a team that is able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving, and excellent time management.”

“I am extremely proud of both teams,” said Director of Technology Juan Ramirez, who coaches the two teams along with Jose Melendez and Stephen Rowley. “They represented Norwood so well at the qualifying tournaments and at the state championship. They showed gracious professionalism, respectful collaboration, and impressive creativity. Even though they competed as two teams, they worked together as one team, sharing ideas and recommendations.”
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.