It’s mid-December and time for a SLI robotics competition update! So far this year, students have participated in many tournaments throughout the Bay Area and a number of teams have been honored with awards and advancements.

SLI middle school teams competed in FIRST Lego League in November, where they were judged in two areas, a robotics game and a research project, both focused on this year’s theme (human water cycle). Using EV3 LEGO kits, teams designed and built robots to navigate and complete tasks on a 4’x8’ game board. At the various tournaments, one SLI team received the judges award; another received the Core Values award; and yet another received the Champions award; and five SLI teams are advancing to regionals.

At the high school level, students have been competing in FIRST Tech Challenge, where the playing field is more fluid and can change throughout the course of a game. Using FTC Competition Tetrix Kits, the teams have built robots that are smarter, more dexterous, and flexible than their middle school counterparts. Each SLI team has competed in two tournaments so far. One team received the Design award; another placed third in Design; while one team received both the Motivate award and 3rd place for the Connect award( the outreach award). All SLI FTC teams will be competing in a third round of tournaments in January and February, after making adjustments to their strategies and robots.

As SLI teams continue to compete in tournaments, updates about results and awards will be posted here. Congratulations to all the winners so far!


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