Oregon University System

Oregon University System Logo

OUS

 

Top youth LEGO® robotics teams awarded at state championships, focused on theme of natural disasters

Contacts: 

Endi Hartigan, Communications Manager, OUS; Office: 503-725-7205, Endi_Hartigan@ous.edu

Bruce Schafer, Director of K-12 STEM Collaborations, OUS; Office: 503-725-2915; Cell: 503-332-4666, Bruce_Schafer@ous.edu

Chelsea Hossaini, Intel NW Region Communications Manager; Office: 503-264-1330; Chelsea.Hossaini@Intel.com
 

Thousands of youth from across the state and region participate in the program, sparking interest in science and technology

January 22, 2014: The Oregon University System (OUS) is pleased to announce the 8 state champions of the 13th annual Intel® Oregon FIRST® LEGO League Championship Tournaments, presented by Rockwell Collins, held on January 18-19, 2014 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.  This event brought together 119 teams from across the state and region who have excelled in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) pre-engineering program, a program which helps young students begin exploring technical fields and careers at an early age. Oregon boasts one of the largest youth robotics programs for its population in the country, and education and industry representatives are delighted by this burgeoning youth interest in technology and engineering.

“Intel is a proud supporter of the Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournaments—and has been since the inception of the program—because students learn to solve problems through creative solutions while getting hands-on experience in the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Jill Eiland, Intel's Northwest Region Corporate Affairs Director. "Supporting and growing future talent in those areas is critical to the continued economic prosperity of Oregon and the U.S.”

For the last 13 years, the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program (ORTOP) has offered the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), one of several successful STEM education initiatives that are supported by OUS. Oregon technology corporations and industry associations collaborate with the OUS, hundreds of volunteers, and major youth organizations to implement the program. This weekend’s tournaments brought together 119 teams, which represented the top teams from around Oregon and SW Washington who excelled at qualifying tournaments in December 2013. Each team of 9-14 year olds constructed and programmed their LEGO robot to compete on various robot missions, presented research on this year’s theme, and demonstrated their work to three panels of judges.  The theme for this year’s tournaments was “Nature’s Fury,” which prompted each team to tie their technology interests into a contemporary issue, and to research and develop an innovative solution to prepare for or respond to a natural disaster. 

First place for the Intel Oregon Champion’s Award, the most prestigious award of the competition, went to two co-champions: The Brick Busters from Bethany Neighborhood in Portland and Nerds for Life, also a neighborhood team from Portland. This award goes to the team who is strongest in three categories: robot design, the research project, and core values. One champion team has the opportunity to advance to the FLL World Festival to be held in St. Louis, Missouri in April and the other will have its choice between attending the North American Open FLL Championship at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California in May or FLL International Open in Toronto, Canada.  The second-place Intel Oregon Champion’s Awards went to the Floods of Woodland Middle School in Woodland and the Fastidious Lego Llamas, a Northeast Portland neighborhood team. The third-place Champion’s Awards were given to the Antlophobics of Portland and Born 2 Build from Portland’s Stoller neighborhood. The fourth-place Champion’s Awards were given to WHAT?, a team affiliated with Avum, Inc. in Albany, and Don’t Panic and Always Carry a Towel, a team from Lake Oswego Junior High in Lake Oswego. In addition, Oregon teams walked away this weekend winning many impressive category and subcategory awards made possible by Oregon companies, included awards for outstanding first-year “rookie” teams and young teams in fifth grade or under. For more details on the top awards, see the attached chart, or go to www.ortop.org/fll

In December 2013, over 3300 students on 472 teams participated in qualifying tournaments in Oregon and SW Washington, including teams from home schools, public schools, private schools, and local communities. The top 25% of these teams competed at this weekend’s championships.  Each team is made up of four to ten students ages 9-14 who are given about 12 weeks to prepare for the tournament, including construction, design, and programming of a small robot, and completion of the required scientific research. The teams used off-the-shelf LEGO robotics kits to construct working robots, each of which is customized uniquely.  Each year, FLL defines a challenge theme that drives team activities. In this year's Nature’s Fury challenge, each team chose a particular type of natural disaster, researched that type and developed a creative way to plan for or respond for such a disaster.  They developed a presentation describing what they learned about natural disasters and their creative solution.  On tournament day, the teams compete with their robots, with the goal to complete as many simulated natural disaster missions as possible on a 4-foot by 8-foot playing field, present and discuss aspects of their research with judges, and showcase their teamwork skills.

Winning teams were very proud of their accomplishments and excited for what’s next. Some team members already see options opening for their future careers, while others see collaboration to be the greatest lesson of all.  The Brick Busters team’s research project focused on early detection and prevention of wildfires, and it ignited a spark of inspiration for at least one team member. Srikar Tallapragada of the Brick Busters said that after doing this research project, he would like to pursue a career in research, while other team members were most proud of their hard work and encouragement of each other. The Nerds for Life team focused their research on generation of electricity after an earthquake, and when asked what accomplishments they were most proud of, this team also emphasized the ever-important lesson of teamwork. Nerd for Life’s Anisha Kumar said, “FLL taught us how to work as a team and respect each other, which will help us in the future with any job.”

Bruce Schafer, director of industry affairs for OUS, said “This weekend’s teams were so impressive; I have no doubt that Oregon’s top future engineers and scientists were among us.  Congratulations to all team members and coaches for the many hours preparing for and participating in this weekend’s tournaments. Tremendous thanks to our title sponsor, Intel, to all our corporate and community sponsors, and to the hundreds of tireless mentors and volunteers who have helped hundreds of students discover their interests in technology.”

ORTOP thanks its generous sponsors for this event, including Intel, the title sponsor; Rockwell Collins, the presenting sponsor; Google/Tides Foundation and OUS, platinum sponsors; BPA, Garmin, IBM, Tektronix, Vernier, gold sponsors; ONAMI, phtech, and Timbercon, silver sponsors; as well as all its supporting community sponsors and volunteers. Thanks to the generosity of these sponsors, nearly 30% of this year’s teams received a scholarship to help them get started or to continue their participation. For more information on the program, go to www.ortop.org/fll.

Intel Oregon Champion’s Awards: Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournaments
January 18 & 19, 2014.
For a listing of all awards, including subcategories, go to www.ortop.org/fll

Award Team Name Affiliation City Students Coaches
Intel Oregon Champion’s Award, 1st Place: Day 1 Brick Busters Bethany neighborhood Portland Mukund Madhusudan, Medini Madhusudan, Samarth Goyal, Suhani Goyal, Srikar Tallapragada, Sriya Tallapragada,  Shane Puthuparambil, Shaun Puthuparambil Rajan Madhusudan, Akhila Madhusudan
Intel Oregon Champion’s Award, 1stPlace: Day 2 Team NFL: Nerds For Life Neighborhood team Portland Anisha Kumar, Neha Mishra, Jessica Yang, Saffron Du Sharad Mishra
Intel Oregon Champion’s Award, 2nd Place: Day 1 The Floods Woodland Middle School Woodland Josiah Anderson, Natalie Biddix, Jaide Bosen, Michael Gabalis, Lee Gilkerson, Blaine Kysar, Brennan Lamoreaux, Sarah Retter Timothy Brown, Sharlene Brown        
Intel Oregon Champion’s Award, 2nd Place: Day 2 Fastidious Lego Llamas NE Portland neighborhood Portland Audrey Lovinger, Edith Allen,  Lucy Hays, Taylor Odette, Maddie Chaplin, Hannah McCullum Jeff Lovinger, David Allen
Intel Oregon Champion’s Award, 3rd Place: Day 1 The Antlo-phobics Neighborhood team Portland Nikita Lalwani, Rhusha Arramreddy, Divya Amirthraj, Rohan Lalwani, Sanaah Arramreddy, Joseph Kim Kirk Lalwani, Pattu Amirthraj, Venkat Arramreddy
Intel Oregon Champion’s Award, 3rd Place: Day 2 Born 2 Build Stoller neighborhood Portland Rohan Wagh, Rohan Ahluwalia, Jack Gordon, Raymond Baartsman, Shreyas Joshi Mahesh Wagh, Sunil Ahluwalia, Varad Joshi
Intel Oregon Champion’s Award, 4th Place: Day 1 WHAT? Avum, Inc. Albany Garret Tyson, Patrick Spence, Sam Rossback, River Hobbensiefken Robin Hobbensiefken,  Mark Spence,  Daren Tyson
Intel Oregon Champion’s Award, 4rd Place: Day 2 Don’t Panic & Always Carry a Towel Lake Oswego Junior HS Lake Oswego Adrian Edwards, Divya Kumar, Zhang Lu, Jeffrey Ma, Anushka Nair, Michael Quattromani, Brendan Schaezler, Ethan Schaezler Esther Schaezler,  David Schaezler, Pradeep Kumar

 

Category Awards: Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournaments

Award Team Name Affiliation City
Young Team Award: Day 1 PNW Gears ACCESS Academy Portland
Young Team Award: Day 2 Hexabots Neighborhood team Portland
Rookie Team Award: Day 1 EV3 Empresses Stoller Middle School Portland
Rookie Team Award: Day 2 Neon Sparks Timber Ridge School Albany
Core Values, Gracious Professionalism, 1st Place, Day 1 Henkle Team #2 Henkle Middle School White Salmon
Core Values, Gracious Professionalism, 1st Place, Day 2 Lego Warriors NW Portland Portland
Core Values, Gracious Professionalism, 2nd Place, Day 1 Fabulous LEGO Ladies Farmington View ES Hillsboro
Core Values, Gracious Professionalism, 2nd Place, Day 2 Neon Girls V-Cube 4-H club Portland
Core Values, Inspiration, 1st Place, Day 1 Yellow Rubber Duckie Engineers Yamhill County 4-H McMinnville
Core Values, Inspiration, 1st Place, Day 2 Awesome Aliens Neighborhood team Hillsboro
Core Values, Inspiration, 2nd Place, Day 1 Lil' Bots East/West Moreland  Portland
Core Values, Inspiration, 2nd Place, Day 2 Lego Cyborgs Bethany Neighborhood team Portland
Core Values, Teamwork, 1st Place, Day 1 Epic Legonians Neighborhood Team Portland
Core Values, Teamwork, 1st Place, Day 2 ACCESS Lego Ninjas ACCESS Academy Portland
Core Values, Teamwork, 2nd Place, Day 1 G.I.R.L.S. Rosemont Ridge Middle School West Linn
Core Values, Teamwork, 2nd Place, Day 2 Lego Dragon Jacob Wismer ES Portland
Project, Innovative Solution, 1st Place, Day 1 Blazing Bots Cowlitz County 4-H Longview
Project, Innovative Solution, 1st Place, Day 2 Windy Warriors Hayhurst Neighborhood School Portland
Project, Innovative Solution, 2nd Place, Day 1 BrickEinsteins Findley & friends Portland
Project, Innovative Solution, 2nd Place, Day 2 Squeaky Wheelz Canyon Creek-Wilsonville Neighborhood Wilsonville
Project, Presentation, 1st Place, Day 1 Troutdale Tigers Troutdale ES Troutdale
Project, Presentation, 1st Place, Day 2 Girls On Fire! 4H - Deschutes County Bend
Project, Presentation, 2nd Place, Day 1 Athey Crk Engr'g Superstars (ACES) Athey Creek Middle School Tualatin
Project, Presentation, 2nd Place, Day 2 TEAM THUNDER Farmington View ES Hillsboro
Project, Research, 1st Place, Day 1 Argonauts St. Mary's School Medford
Project, Research, 1st Place, Day 2 Lego Legends Kids Group Portland
Project, Research, 2nd Place, Day 1 The Xploding RoboWheels Lake Oswego School District Lake Oswego
Project, Research, 2nd Place, Day 2 Team declined publicity    
Robot Design, Mechanical Design, 1st Place, Day 1 NOOGEL Lake Oswego Neighborhood Lake Oswego
Robot Design, Mechanical Design, 1st Place, Day 2 Lego Megos Rosemont Ridge Middle School West Linn
Robot Design, Mechanical Design, 2nd Place, Day 1 Team declined publicity    
Robot Design, Mechanical Design, 2nd Place, Day 2 Lego Extraordinaires (Lexors) Neighborhood Portland
Robot Design, Programming, 1st Place, Day 1 Wacky Oregon Robotics Kids Friends Team Portland
Robot Design, Programming, 1st Place, Day 2 Catlin Gabel Starstruck Catlin Gabel School Portland
Robot Design, Programming, 2nd Place, Day 1 Team declined publicity    
Robot Design, Programming, 2nd Place, Day 2 Team Twister EagleRidge High School Klamath Falls
Robot Design, Strategy & Innovation, 1st Place, Day 1 Lego Einsteins Neighborhood Team Portland
Robot Design, Strategy & Innovation, 1st Place, Day 2 Camas Mechanikids Neighborhood Team Camas
Robot Design, Strategy & Innovation, 2nd Place, Day 1 Dragon Ninjas Bauer Highlands Bannister Creek Portland
Robot Design, Strategy & Innovation, 2nd Place, Day 2 BrainStormers Candelaria Neighborhood Salem
Robot Performance, 1st Place, Day 1 Dragon Ninjas Bauer Highlands Bannister Creek Portland
Robot Performance, 1st Place, Day 2 Nano Stars Portland-LakeOswego-Wilsonville Portland
Robot Performance, 2nd Place, Day 1 The ANTLOPHOBICS Neighborhood Team Portland
Robot Performance, 2nd Place, Day 2 Lego Legends Kids Group Portland

The Champion's Award is the most prestigious of the awards. This award recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing the program’s Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project. It encompasses teams with strong, balanced performance across the judging categories of robot design, project and core values and also scored in the top 40% on the robot game.  

The Young Team Award is like the Champion’s Award except that it is restricted to teams made up of children in fifth grade or younger, who had a strong, balanced performance in robot design, project and core values.  The Rookie Team Award is like the Champion’s Award except that it is restricted to teams that have never participated in an FLL in a previous season.  They also had a strong, balanced performance in robot design, project and core values.

-OUS-

The Oregon University System (OUS) makes college a reality for Oregonians statewide by keeping higher education accessible, affordable and high quality. We integrate Oregon’s public universities with the entire PreK-20 education system to ensure student success. OUS’ higher education offerings meet the needs of Oregon’s economy today and in the future, contributing to the vitality of the state and the success of more than 20,000 graduates a year. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu.