Templeton Middle School had its best year ever in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition, with two of its teams qualifying for state competition – one of them earning a state award.
Members of the Radioactive Pyros and Bullistic Bulldogs were among 36 teams statewide that competed Feb. 23 in the Wisconsin FLL Championship. The Radioactive Pyros won the Project Research Award and were nominated for the Project Presentation Award. The statewide award is the first in Templeton history.
Previous to the state competition, Templeton’s three teams – the Radioactive Pyros, Bullistic Bulldogs and Templebotz – competed in regional and sectional tournaments.
- Radioactive Pyros won the Project Research Award and was runner-up for the Robot Performance Award;
- Bullistic Bulldogs won the Project Innovation Solution Award; and
- Templebotz was nominated for the Robot Mechanical Design and Teamwork Awards.
In sectional competition:
- Radioactive Pyros won the Project Presentation Award and was nominated for the Gracious Professionalism and Champions Award; and
- Bullistic Bulldogs won the Project Research Award and was nominated for the Project Innovative Solution Award.
FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. This year, teams chose and solved problems related to long duration space explorations. Templebotz chose to solve back muscle deterioration in microgravity. Bullistic Bulldogs wanted to overcome the problem of humans generating enough oxygen to survive in space. Radioactive Pyros attempted to solve the problem of astronauts not getting quality sleep due to noise and an unbalanced biological clock.
In addition to the problems, the teams also built, tested and programmed an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams are encouraged to operate under the FIRST core values that include celebrating discovery, teamwork and gracious professionalism.
Kathy Betters, Kelly Mallinger, Dave Kaiser, Bill Haley, Matt Zank, Jason Fuhr, Deepak Babu, Dave Neuman, Beth Volden and Brian Nagai coach the Templeton Junior Robotics Program. The advisor is Kathy Betters.