PEACHTREE CITY, GA — February 21, 2017 — The FIRST LEGO League teams from Antilles Elementary, Middle and High schools performed exceptionally well at the annual FIRST® LEGO® League Animal Allies Puerto Rico Championship. The schools are located on Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, and are part of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Mid-Atlantic District.
More than 30 students from the Antilles schools participated in the competition. Each team was required to build and program a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot to complete missions on a thematic playing surface. They also conducted research to discover what can be done to improve the way humans interact with animals.
Special congratulations go to two Antilles students whose team received the Champion’s Award. The Champion award recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience by fully embracing Core Values while achieving excellence in both the Robot Game and Project. Congratulations to Alex Capo, Antilles Middle School, and Axel Capo, Antilles High School. Their team, the Tech Dragons, will now represent Puerto Rico in the World Festival in Texas.
Congratulations to Antilles Elementary School and their coach Ms. Barbara Dixon on receiving the Rising Star Award which is given to a rookie team who, despite not receiving any Core Awards, demonstrated great potential for future competitions. The teams were unified and organized. Team Sharks showed great team spirit and strong research skills.
The Antilles Middle School Blockheads received the Robot Design Award. This award recognizes a team that designs and develops a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions. Congratulations to them and their coach Mr. John Cannon.
FIRST is an acronym for ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.’
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.