UCS teams dominate Lego Robotics tournament
UCS teams dominate Lego Robotics tournament
Posted on 11/27/2016
Lego Mages team presenting their team solution to judges at ThunderQuest

Utica Community Schools teams built a winning combination at the annual Lego Robotics ThunderQuest tournament.

UCS teams took home more than a third of the honors awarded at ThunderQuest, including eight first-place awards and the overall Champions Award given to a team from Beck Elementary.

Nearly 50 regional teams participated at the November 19 event, with the top 12 teams going to the state championship level. ThunderQuest, sponsored annually by Utica Community Schools, is Michigan’s largest regional FIRST LEGO League competition.

“ThunderQuest is the area’s premier FIRST Lego event, and demonstrates again why UCS is a hotbed for robotics education in our region,” said Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns.

UCS teams qualifying for the state tournament include the first-place Lego Mages, of Beck Elementary; Dogs R Us, of Switzer Elementary; Dolphin Divers, of Morgan Elementary; The Robo Rescue Troop 70823 of Morgan Elementary; and Inferno DragonResults of Switzer Elementary.

Other honors from ThunderQuest for UCS teams include:

  • Champions Award 1st Place - Lego Mages, of Beck Elementary
  • Robot Awards: Robot Performance 1st Place - Dogs R Us, of Switzer Elementary
  • Teamwork 1st Place - Dolphin Divers, of Morgan Elementary
  • Teamwork 2nd Place - Dogs R Us, of Swizter Elementary
  • Gracious Professionalism 2nd Place - Amy Quinn, Robo Rescue Troop 70823, of Browning Elementary
  • Outstanding Coach / Mentor 1st Place - Constellation Conservers, of Browning Elementary
  • Best Dressed 1st Place - Tuxedo Purritos, of Switzer Elementary.
  • Robot Playoff Winner 1st Place - Lego Mages , of Beck Elementary

The ThunderQuest tournament featured several competitions, including a tech presentation where students create an autonomous robotic vehicle that will follow a course on a 4X8 table.

Students also compete in teamwork competitions and display a project that describes their solution for issues identified through the national World Class challenge.

This year’s challenge is Animal Allies, which focuses on interactions between animals and humans.