The Northeast Education Services Cooperative (NESC) coordinated a state qualifying First Lego League match earlier this year at Central Middle School in Devils Lake.

The Northeast Education Services Cooperative (NESC) coordinated a state qualifying First Lego League match earlier this year at Central Middle School in Devils Lake.

Nine teams from seven schools participated. Instructors and students from the Lake Region State College Simulator Maintenance Technician program judged the event.

Awards were given in the following categories:

Champions Award: The Champions Award first place went to the teams from Fessenden and Bowdon, the “Rockin’ Robos 1” coached by Laurel Wentz; second place to the Edmore “Vikings” coached by Ryan Fox and third place to the Dakota Prairie “Knights” coached by Kip Hovdenes. This award was based on strong performance balanced across all three judged areas and Robot Game score was in the top 40 percent of the highest single scores at the event. The team must complete all three parts of the project and adhere to all Core Values.

Robot Design Award: The Robot Design first place award went to the Fessenden and Bowdon “Rockin Robos 2” and second place to the Fessenden and Bowdon “Rockin Robos 1” both coached by Laurel Wentz. This award was for mechanical design, programming, strategy and innovation, all weighed equally in determining the award winner.

Project Award: The Project Award first place went to the Fessenden and Bowdon “Rockin Robos 1” and second place to the Edmore “Vikings.” For this award research, innovative solutions and presentation are weighted equally in determining the award winner. Teams must complete all three parts of the project and any season-specific requirements.

Core Values Award: The Core Values Award first place went to the Edmore “Vikings” and second place to Dakota Prairie “Small Nocornal Animals” coached by Tyrell Rose. Inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism are weighed equally in determining the award winner in the Core Values category.

Judge’s Award: The Judge’s Award first place went to the Northwood “Thunderbots” coached by Justin Foss and second place went to the Devils Lake Central Middle School coached by Arlen Anderson. For this award the judges have the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Award categories.

Robot Performance Award: The Robot Performance Award first place went to the Fessenden and Bowdon “Rockin Robos 1” and second place to Dakota Prairie “Lego Knights.” This award is not judged, but determined on the field; Highest score from all four table runs.

The three teams winning the Champions’ Award were invited to the state FLL Tournament held at UND.