Seven students from Skyview Elementary School of STEM in Windsor turned in an impressive showing at the FIRST LEGO League state competition Dec. 14 at Overland High School in Aurora.
“We received first place for our Innovative Solution on the project (the FloodZone), and we finished sixth with a top score of 398 points for our robot mission,” said Skyview Gifted and Talented teacher Kendra Jacoby, who is a sponsor along with first-grade teacher Roxanne Visconti. “There were 68 teams present. We were so proud of their leadership and poise at such a big competition.”
Fifth-graders Sydney Larsen, Alex Jarrett, Joseph Kusluski, Daniel Bouma and Andrew Price, and fourth-graders Kalynda Newport and Ethan Bruehl competed at state.
The students, who go by the name of Skyview Fierce Falcons, took off on the theme of Nature’s Fury and created “The FloodZone Home Alert” product. Similar in look to a smoke detector, the FloodZone plays off cell towers with the hope that they will be a necessity in all homes.
The students used the television show “Shark Tank” as a model, presenting their product to two of the judges on the team. They also had robotic missions through natural disasters and had to display teamwork and use core values that the FIRST LEGO League represents.
It was just the second year of participating in FIRST LEGO League at Skyview, and the students went against other students as old as eighth-graders.
As for how hard they worked to get to state, Daniel said: “We worked very hard because we’ve never been this far. At state, they asked harder questions (in the research presentation) than the judges did at the regional competition.”
Alex said: “We worked a lot, I mean a lot. Daniel and I worked really hard on our programming.”
Andrew said the team worked pretty hard.
“I think we did a good job at all that we did,” Andrew said. “I think on our presentation (the research project) we did pretty good, and I think we just showed the judges we were having fun and worked our hardest.”