Three Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School's robotics teams competed in the regional FIRST LEGO League Competition in Falls Church, VA, on November 9th. "The Royal Front" team took home first place in robotics design, and third place overall, which made them the first alternate team for the state competition held December 7-8.
The five students on the team had very little robotics experience, and it was a surprise to everyone when they won that portion of the competition. They also stood out due to using Legos to build a 3D model of their innovation project, which included advanced treehouses that could be used to supplement the dorm space at R-MA. The third section on which they were judged were the FIRST Core Values, which in many ways is the most difficult part of the competition, as students are observed to see how they handle challenges throughout the day, and for how they demonstrate the FIRST Core Values of teamwork, inclusion, fun, discovery, innovation, and impact.
The full story is available on the R-MA website.