LEGO Tournament Awards Announced

More the 200 youth on 26 teams competed in the FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament hosted by Ashland Community and Technical College December 12 and 13 at the Technology Drive Campus.

FIRST LEGO is a robotics program designed to get youth ages nine to 14 excited about science and technology.

This tournament gives area students a hands-on opportunity to put STEM skills into action, said Karen Coburn, ACTC Manager of External Education Programs and event coordinator. They have to design, program, and troubleshoot their robots. They learn to work in teams, build their presentation skills, and use critical thinking to solve issues.

Its amazing how these young children are able to comprehend and use Programmable Logic Controls and servomotors with their robots. These are topics that we teach in electrical and rotating machinery classes at the college, said Jesse James, ACTC Electrical Technology Instructor and a tournament volunteer.

In addition to robot design and performance, the tournament included competitions on project presentation and FIRST LEGO core values. This is the only tournament in the FIVCO area, and the top six teams are eligible to advance to the State Tournament at Northern Kentucky University on February 7.

The six top teams were the LEGO Raiders from Greenup County 4-H, Nuts and Bolts from Holy Family, Techno Wizards from Charles Russell Elementary, Movers and Shakers from Holy Family, RAMBOTS from Worthington Elementary and the Access-O-Bots 5th graders from Boyd County.

As a parent and coach for First LEGO League, I also want to thank the college and all the volunteers who helped with the tournament this weekend. The kids had a ton of fun, said Vicki McGinnis, a coach for the LEGO Raiders team. It's an amazing opportunity to showcase the college, support STEM learning in our local students, and engage with the community.

Last years Tournament had 12 teams, and the growth to 26 teams this year shows that the LEGO program approach to science is definitely appealing to youth, Coburn said. We are hoping for even more growth next year.

All of the tournament award winners are listed below.

FIVCO LEGO TOURNAMENT 2014

CHAMPION'S AWARD

TEAM NAME

Champion's Award

1st Place

LEGO Raiders - Greenup 4-H

Champion's Award

2nd Place

Nuts and Bolts - Holy Family

Champion's Award

3rd Place

Charles Russell Techno Wizards

Champion's Award

4th Place

Movers and Shakers - Holy Family

Champion's Award

5th Place

Worthington Elem. RAMBOTS

Champion's Award

6th Place

Boyd County Access-O-Bots

ROBOT

Robot Performance Award

1st Place

LEGO Raiders - Greenup 4-H

Robot Performance Award

2nd Place

Charles Russell Techno Wizards

Robot Performance Award

3rd Place

Nuts and Bolts - Holy Family

Mechanical Design Award

1st Place

Boyd County GT 4th Grade Access-N-Go

Mechanical Design Award

2nd Place

Cannonsburg Elementary TigerBots

Mechanical Design Award

3rd Place

Mike amp; the Mechanics -Wurtland Elementary

Programming Award

1st Place

Charles Russell Techno Wizards

Programming Award

2nd Place

LEGO Barbarians - Greenup 4-H

Programming Award

3rd Place

Poage Pioneers

Strategy amp; Innovation Award

1st Place

LEGO Barbarians - Greenup 4-H

Strategy amp; Innovation Award

2nd Place

BCMS TechnoKats

Strategy amp; Innovation Award

3rd Place

Ashland Middle School Tomcats

PROJECT

Presentation Award

1st Place

Boyd County 6th RoboFireCats

Presentation Award

2nd Place

Rock and Rollers - Holy Family

Presentation Award

3rd Place

LEGO Rams

Innovative Solution Award

1st Place

Nuts and Bolts - Holy Family

Innovative Solution Award

2nd Place

Boyd County 6th RoboFireCats

Innovative Solution Award

3rd Place

Carter Co. 4-H LEGO Wizards

Research Award

1st Place

Rock and Rollers - Holy Family

Research Award

2nd Place

Crabbe Tigers

Research Award

3rd Place

Summit RoboCats

CORE VALUES

Teamwork Award

1st Place

Boyd Co. Middle School Construct-O-Cats

Teamwork Award

2nd Place

Boyd County 5th GT Grade Access-O-Bots

Teamwork Award

3rd Place

Boyd County 6th RoboFireCats

Inspiration Award

1st Place

Crabbe Tigers

Inspiration Award

2nd Place

Movers and Shakers - Holy Family

Inspiration Award

3rd Place

BCMS Creators

Gracious Professionalism Award

1st Place

Boyd Co. Middle School Construct-O-Cats

Gracious Professionalism Award

2nd Place

Rock and Rollers - Holy Family

Gracious Professionalism Award

3rd Place

Boyd County 6th RoboFireCats

Judges Award

Catlettsburg Elementary Burg-O-Bots

Judges Award

Cannonsburg Elementary TigerBots

STAR PERFORMER AWARD

Catlettsburg Burg-O-Builders

STAR PERFORMER AWARD

Ponderosa Mustang Masterbuilders

STAR PERFORMER AWARD

Ashland Middle School Tomcats

STAR PERFORMER AWARD

Oakview Comets