LAKE WYLIE -- The results are in from the South Carolina FIRST LEGO League championships, and several schools with Lake Wylie ties engineered solid results.
The highest honor went to the Carolina Cyclones of Clover Junior High School, whose research project and robot work focused on drought and Lake Wylie. The team earned first place overall for programming.
"They won an award for the best technical design for the robot," said John Minor, co-organizer of the event with wife, Christine.
The award, Minor said, went to the team with "highest quality in all aspects of robot design," focusing on quality, details, performance and innovation.
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"We weren't expecting the programming award," said Tom Ogle, parent volunteer with the team. "We were excited."
The LEGO robotics competition, which allows students to create programmed robots to perform required tasks, judges teams not only on robot design, but on a technical presentation, research presentation on climate change and teamwork.
Several teams from Crowders Creek Middle School, Clover Junior High School and Clover Middle School qualified for the field of 80 teams. The goal next year, Ogle said, is to begin a LEGO robotics program in district schools currently without teams.
Overall, the top finishers for the district in robot performance were SAP: Subzero Arctic People (11) from Crowders Creek Middle School, Elements (16) and Carolina Cyclones (23), both of Clover Junior High School. The top overall finishers were Carolina Cyclones (5), SAP: Subzero Arctic People (14) and Elements (24).
The following teams competed, listed with robot performance followed by overall scores:
Crowders Creek: SAP: Subzero Arctic People (11, 14), Weather Warriors (67, 44), The Green Machine: Project Rescue (77, 49), Climate Crushers (49, 73) and Spartans (70, 77)
Clover Junior High: Carolina Cyclones (23, 5) and Elements (16, 24). Clover Middle School: Eye of the Eagle (72, 51) and Flames (55, 59)
The championship took place at Clemson University Feb. 21, though results were released last week. For more information about the program, visit legoedsoutheast.com.