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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winners of FIRST LEGO League tournament announced

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The winning team (SWAT)
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LaVerne Jones
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Sarah Harlan
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The University of Southern Indiana's Southwest Indiana STEM (SwiSTEM) Resource Center hosted the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Southwest Indiana Qualifying Tournament for grades four to eight in November. Thirteen teams of children, ages 9 to 14, from throughout southern Indiana competed.

FLL is a robotics program designed to get children excited about science and technology and teach them valuable employment and life skills. Teams program an autonomous robot using the LEGO Mindstorms robot set to score points on a thematic playing surface (rather than a three-dimensional obstacle course) and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project.

SWAT (Science With ATtitude) was this year's grand champion. The team, comprised of children from Saints Peter and Paul School in Haubstadt and Coach Kim Elpers, will advance to the State Championship December 10 at the Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Gates Sports Center in Fort Wayne. The team also won the Robot Game Award.

The Jeep Royers, a team of students from Dubois Middle School and Coach Marti Mauntel, and the Gearnadoes, a team of students from Dunkelberger Homeschool and Coach Kim Dunkelberger, also advanced to the State Championship.

Other award categories and the team winners are listed here:

- The FLL Core Values Award recognizes a team that excels across the Inspiration, Teamwork and Gracious Professionalism categories - Gearnadoes

- The Robot Design Award - Jeep Rovers

- The Project Review Award recognizes a team that excels across the Research, Innovative Solution and Presentation categories - Dominators, a team of students from Dubois Middle School and Coach Marti Mauntel

- The Team Spirit Award - Lego My Eggo, a team of students from Dubois Middle School and Coach Marti Mauntel

- Rising Star Award - Lego Masters, a team of students from Bloomfield Elementary and Coach Curt Bault

To view a slideshow of the day's competition, click here.

For more information on FLL, visit, or contact Allison Grabert, interim director of SwiSTEM, at 812/228-5019 or

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