Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Elementary Lego® League Team Wins State Award for Gracious Professionalism

 Over 40 elementary and middle school teams competed last weekend at the Blaisdell Center on O‘ahu. Four Kaua‘i teams represented our division: Island School's middle school team, which were the division grand champions, our elementary team, and teams from King Kaumuli‘i and Kilauea Elementary Schools.

Congratulations to our elementary team, the Robotic Voyagers, for being awarded 1st Place in Core Values for Gracious Professional. Our Middle School team's robot was 22nd in the State! 

The competition has three judging categories: Core Values, The Project, and The Robot. in which the students are required to demonstrate in 15 minutes before multiple judges.  Then the robots compete on the mission mat and the highest scoring team wins that portion of the competition.

Dr. Woodie Flowers FIRST Lego® League distinguished Adviser from MIT, coined the term "Gracious Professionalism," which is part of the ethos of FIRST.  It's a way of doing things that encourages high quality of work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.  Competition and learning go together but everyone is to be treated respectfully and with kindness.  In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.

The Robotic Voyagers displayed this type of professionalism for the entire season. (If you remember, we won the district award for Core Values in November.)

Pictured above with 
Coaches Nathaniel Evslin and Sue Macklin: (squatting) Titus Schweitzer, (standing, l-r) Zach Ing, Thatcher Magoun, Julia Schilleci, Savannah Hubbard, Sienna Temme, Kai Spindt, Kilinoe Oliveira, Kala Edwards and Maddison Hubbard.

For the first time, Island School sent a high school team to the event. The high school division is called the FIRST Tech Challenge. There were 18 high school teams competing; our robot came in 15th. "It was learning year for us," said Jeff Kozak. "We wanted to see the event so we could get prepared for next year." Erin Cobb-Adams is the team's coach. Participants included: Eosin Chelius '18, Ian Penner'18, Hannah Whelan '18, Quinn Catlin '19, and Kilikai Ahuna 17.

Many thanks to all the parents for their support!