Tuesday, December 20, 2016

LEGO League 2016

This year marked Pioneer Middle School's third appearance in the FIRST LEGO League Tournament.  Although it is a scramble to prepare for a rigorous competition in a relatively short period of time, Pioneer Middle School students are up for the challenge!  This year's teams had an extremely successful season.

On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, two teams comprised of fifth through eighth grade students from Pioneer Middle School participated in the FIRST LEGO League Competition at Houghton College.  This competition involved more than just LEGOs!  The teams presented a science project, programmed a Lego robot, and tackled team building challenges.  

FIRST LEGO League members work on the robot during the competition at Houghton College.

The members of the Pioneer Green Team studied ways to prevent Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer populations.  This team received the Core Values Award, a distinction reserved for the team that appropriately displays teamwork, professionalism, and respect during the course of the competition.

A member of the Pioneer Green Team explains CWD to a visitor.

We are proud of the Pioneer Green Team!

The Pioneer White Team looked for ways to help stray animal populations in the Western New York area.  The project they formulated was named "Dogs for Detainees."  Their idea paired stray animals with people housed in federal detention facilities.  This would help give stray animals a home, while providing hope and companionship to those living in detention facilities.

The Pioneer White team advances to the Championship Event!

The Pioneer White Team was one of only five teams in our area earning the honor to represent the Southern Tier at the Championship Event at the University of Rochester.  This competition took place on Sunday, December 11, 2016.

Members of the Pioneer White Team compete at the University of Rochester.

There were 40 teams in attendance for the championships.

The 2016 Pioneer White Team.

Although the Pioneer White Team did not receive an award at the Championship Event, it was still a highly successful day.  The team members did a great job displaying their knowledge, working together, and helping others.  We are proud of all of the students involved in our FIRST LEGO League teams!

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