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Hazelwood West TechnoCats: Grayling Tobias, Hazelwood superintendent is shown here with other HSD staff and Hazelwood West Middle students, team “TechnoCats”

The Hazelwood School District recently  hosted the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) Qualifier Tournament.  Superintendent Grayling Tobias and other HSD staff members, welcomed FLL staff, judges, parents and students from the Missouri region, including one team from Belleville, Ill.

There were a total of 19 teams which competed in the FLL Qualifier tournament. HSD had six teams that participated: three teams from Hazelwood GALACTIC program, two from Hazelwood North Middle School and one from Hazelwood West Middle School.

Hazelwood GALACTIC students, the “RoboTechs” advanced to the finals

Immediately following the tournament opener, teams were off, sizing-up the competition before testing their own projects.

Participating teams were challenged to develop “senior solutions”  to improve the quality of life for people 60+ years old, by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities.

Teams had to research issues and speak with local seniors to identify a problem or challenge.  The team then developed a research based solution to the problem.

Hazelwood GALACTIC students, MiniBots team, put final touches on robotics project

The robotics field is designed to represent healthy living for seniors.  The teams design, build and program a robot using LEGO Mindstorms.

The FLL Challenge had three components: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values.
The Robot Game and Project are what teams do, and the Core Values guide teams through the experience.

The mission of FLL is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

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