After months of practice, all the hard work of the Ozark Middle School Robotics Club paid off with two teams heading to state and another team receiving the Judges’ Choice award. Five teams comprising of 40 OMS students competed Nov. 10 at the Regional Qualifying Competition: FIRST LEGO League at Nixa Junior High School.
FIRST LEGO League, which is a program developed to engage children with science and technology, incorporates six core values: Discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork and fun. This year’s Into Orbit Challenge focused on long-duration space exploration.
The Powerbots team placed first and the Telebots team placed second. Both of those teams will now prepare to compete at the State competition Dec. 8 in Camdenton. Other Ozark teams competing include the Herobots, which received the Judges’ Choice Award, the Invisabots and the Wonderbots.
“I am so proud of our students. Their dedication to continuous learning and gracious professionalism is astounding,” said Chelsie Floyd, OMS Robotics coach. “Our students diligently took on the FLL Into Orbit Challenge and successfully designed an innovative solution for this challenge. I am most proud of their determination and perseverance to overcome challenging obstacles of ‘blasting off’ into space while celebrating team successes along the way.”