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Results from Tanana Valley Robot Rally

Juneau, AK (February 6, 2012) — Thirty-two teams from around Alaska competed in the Tanana Valley Robot Rally in Fairbanks on Saturday, February 4 at Ryan Middle School for the  FIRST® LEGO® League Open Championship. Congratulations to the winning team, Clam Chowder, from the Friends of Anchorage School, who receives an invitation to FIRST Championship this April in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2nd place team, Egg-streme Egg-sperts from Skagway School, receives an invitation to the Open Championship at LEGOLAND in California set for May of this year. All results & photos can be found at www.fllalaska.com/flltournaments/2012Rally. Full results from the Tanana Valley Robot Rally include: 

Champion's Award

1st Place – Clam Chowder, Friends of Anchorage, Anchorage

2nd Place – Egg-streme Egg-sperts, Skagway School, Skagway

Robot Awards

Mechanical Design – Weller Elementary School, Fairbanks
Programming – Brickipedia, Juneau
Strategy & Innovation – Mabuhay, Barnett Magnet School, Fairbanks

1st Place Robot Performance – Clam Chowder (163), Anchorage

2nd Place Robot Performance – Egg-streme Egg-sperts (132), Skagway

Project Awards

Research - Eagles 1, Tanana Middle School, Fairbanks
Innovative Solution – Eielson Lynx, Ben Eielson Junior High, Eielson Air Force Base
Presentation – Crawford Caribou, Crawford Elementary, Fairbanks

Core Values Awards

Inspiration - Corn Stalkers, Ryan Middle School, Fairbanks
Teamwork – Denali Panthers, Denali Elementary, Fairbanks
Gracious Professionalism – Metlakatla Braves, Charles Leask Middle School, Metlakatla

Judge's Awards

Against All Odds – Valdez Goldfish, Hermon Hutchens Elementary School, Valdez                          

Young Adult Mentor – Andrew Parker, Weller Elementary School, Fairbanks & Patrick Dewane, Clam Chowder, Anchorage

Adult Coach/Adult Mentor – Andie Rice, Eielson Lynx and Eielson Lynx, too, Eielson Air Force Base

Outstanding Volunteer – Sharon Johnson, Fairbanks

Mark your calendar for other FIRST events in Alaska in February and March 2012:

·         FIRST Tech Challenge Southwest Qualifier: February 6-7 in Bethel

·         FIRST Tech Challenge Southcentral Qualifier: February 10-11 in Anchorage

·         FIRST Tech Challenge Southeast Qualifier: February 17-18 in Sitka

·         FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship: March 2-3 in Fairbanks

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. FIRST activities in Alaska are coordinated by the Juneau Economic Development Council’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program. 

Major funding provided by BP, with additional support from the US Department of Defense, the National Defense Education Program, GCI, Flint Hills, CH2MHill, University of Alaska and Shell.

For more information about the results or other FIRST activities in Alaska, contact Rebecca Parks, statewide coordinator for FIRST LEGO League tournaments in Alaska at: 907-523-2334, rparks@jedc.org or visit fllalaska.com. For media inquiries, contact Adrien Lopez, Communications Officer for the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC), at alopez@jedc.org or 907-523-2323.

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