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Results for the Anchorage Robot Rendezvous FIRST LEGO League Statewide Invitational Championship


Juneau, AK (January 23, 2012) - Teams from around the state convened at South High School on Saturday, January 21 for the Alaska Invitational Championship for the FIRST® LEGO® League. When the final buzzer sounded, the following teams took home top awards: 

Robot Awards
Design - The Awesomes, Highland Tech, Anchorage 
Programming - Ferocious Lego Lovers, Hoonah 
Strategy & Innovation - Twindly Bots, Twindly Bridge Charter School, Wasilla

Project Awards
Research - Taku Neutron Techies, Taku Elementary 21st Century After School Program
Innovative Solution - Mind Storms, McNeil Canyon Elementary, Homer
Presentation - Magnum Opus, IDEA Homeschool, Kenai

Core Values Awards
Inspiration - Roboeskimos, Chefornak School, Chefornak
Teamwork - Damaged Goods, Gladys Jung Elementary, Bethel
Gracious Professionalism - Eagle Riveters, Eagle River

Young Adult Mentor - Dustin Mendoza, Mentor for Chugach Optional.  FTC Team Caffeine Member, East High School.
Coach/Adult Mentor(s) - Travis Ogden & Vikki Wythe, Mindstorms, McNeil Elementary, Homer

Judge's Awards
IT Award - Epic :) ("Epic smiley face"), Aquarian Charter School & Family Partnership, Anchorage
Clean Board Award - Robot Chicks, Girl Scouts of Alaska, Anchorage

3rd Champion's Award
Girlz vs. Food, Girl Scouts of Alaska, Anchorage
2nd Champion's Award - Your Mama's Llamas, West Homer Elementary, Homer
Champion's Award - Sand Lake Samurai, Sand Lake Elementary, Anchorage 

Unfortunately, at least five teams from Southeast Alaska were not able to compete in the statewide tournament because bad flying conditions grounded them in Juneau. They were, however, able to participate in a last minute, informal tournament organized for Saturday morning.

The next event will be the FIRST LEGO League Open Championship on Saturday, February 4 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. 

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 or rparks@jedc.org.

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