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Spruce Mountain LEGO League teams awarded at state competition

Time Lords L to R  First Place Gracious Professionalism:  Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Kierra Dykeman, Jordan Blaise, Lorelei Monroe, Joni George, Rob Taylor.

The Spruce Mountain Middle School Time Lords team won a first place "Gracious Professionalism" award at the LEGO League state championships on Saturday.  From left to right: Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Kierra Dykeman, Jordan Blaise, Lorelei Monroe, Joni George and Rob Taylor. (Photo courtesy of the team)

AUGUSTA - The five Spruce Mountain Middle School teams returned home with several awards after competing in the Maine State LEGO League Championships held at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday.

The competition featured student-constructed LEGO robots competing on a 4-foot by 8-foot playing table, completing missions representing this year's theme “World Class – Education In the 21st Century.” Students were also judged on research projects, innovative solutions for improving education, teamwork, spirit, and core values.

Seventy-two teams from across Maine took part in the competition, sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) and Maine Robotics.

The five teams from Spruce Mountain have been working diligently since the opening of school in September and were recognized for their efforts.

This is Not Rocket Science" LEGO League Team preparing to lauch their model rocket and test their homemade altimeter. L to R:  Jordan Blanche, Isaac Pinard, Drew Delaney, Owen Wilkins, Dylan Gould, Caleb Blanche (not pictured Carter Mitchell, Hunter Quirrion, and Trevor Haynes)

Spruce Mountain Middle School "This is Not Rocket Science" LEGO League Team prepares to launch their model rocket and test their homemade altimeter. From left to right: Jordan Blanche, Isaac Pinard, Drew Delaney, Owen Wilkins, Dylan Gould, Caleb Blanche (not pictured Carter Mitchell, Hunter Quirrion, and Trevor Haynes). (Photo courtesy of the team)

“This Is Not Rocket Science,” whose members include Trevor Haynes, Hunter Quirrion, Caleb Blanche, Dylan Gould, Drew Delaney, Owen Wilkins, Carter Mitchell, Isaac Pinard, and Jordan Blanche, created a robot that finished in 20th place overall after qualifying runs, the second highest finish by a Spruce Mountain Team at the competition.

“The Time Lords,” featuring team members Joni George, Kierra Dykeman, Lorelei Monroe, and Jordan Blais, impressed the judges with their teamwork and the way they interacted with opponents and judges, bringing home a first place trophy for "Gracious Professionalism." Alecia Castonguay was also a member of the Time Lords team, but was not able to attend the competition.

Minions First Place Project Research:  Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Michael Jones, Roni-Jo Morrison, Acacia Fournier, Melissa Bamford.

Spruce Mountain Middle School's Minions LEGO League team won a first place award for project research at the state championships on Saturday. From left to right: Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Michael Jones, Roni-Jo Morrison, Acacia Fournier, Melissa Bamford and Rob Taylor. (Photo courtesy of the team)

Minions LEGO League Team working with Rep. Paul Gilbert on their bullying in schools project. Those in the picture (l to r) are:  Michael Jones, Representative Paul Gilbert, Melissa Bamford, Roni-Jo Morrison, and Acacia Fournier.

Minions LEGO League Team worked with Rep. Paul Gilbert earlier this semester on their bullying in schools project. From left to right: Michael Jones, Rep. Paul Gilbert, Melissa Bamford, Roni-Jo Morrison, and Acacia Fournier.

“The Minions,” whose project examined how to improve schools by reducing bullying, earned a first place trophy in project research.

The team had met with school counselor Catherine Siggens and Doug Saunders of the Franklin County Children’s Task Force to learn about the impact of bullying and how it can be prevented, as well as with state Rep. Paul Gilbert, who helped them understand Maine’s School Bullying Law, which was passed in 2012.

The Minions robot finished in 22nd place after qualifying and the team includes Michael Jones, Melissa Bamford, Acacia Fournier, and Roni-Jo Morrison. Roni-Jo Morrison also won the “Rules Ace” award for her team by answering questions on the 30-page competition rule book.

Infinity First Place Innovative Solution:  Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Jared Holland, Orion Schwab, Joel Soper, Hannah Burhoe, Abby Thurston, Sara Henderson, Cameron Menthe, Rob Taylor.

Spruce Mountain's Infinity LEGO League team won first place for Innovative Solution at the state championships on Saturday. From left to right: Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Jared Holland, Orion Schwab, Joel Soper, Hannah Burhoe, Abby Thurston, Sara Henderson, Cameron Menthe and  Rob Taylor. (Photo courtesy of the team)

Team “Infinity,” consisting of members Jared Holland, Hannah Burhoe, Orion Schwab, Cameron Menthe, Joel Soper, Abby Thurston, and Sarah Henderson, won a first place trophy for innovative solution. The team met with faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology via an online webinar and discussed “The Radix Endeavor,” a mass multi-player online game designed by the MIT Education Arcade to teach students about math and science.

The team took inspiration from the Radix Endeavor’s use of constructivism and developed a board game for teaching survival skills, which the judges called “spot-on innovative.” Team member Abby Thurston was also able to share the team’s work with Radix Endeavor developer Susannah Gordon-Messer of MIT, who was in attendance at the Civic Center helping run events for the Maine Digital Festival.

Oozma Kappa First Place Robot Eliminations and First Place Inspiration Award:  Back  Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Garret Smith, Jonathan Brenner, Jack Gilbert, Jasper Butler, Rob Taylor Front:  Alana McDaniel, Hallie Pike, Destiny Daigle, Chandler Pike.

Spruce Mountain Middle School Oozma Kappa team won a first place award at the LEGO League state championships on Saturday for Robot Eliminations and a first place Inspiration Award. In back, from left to right: Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Garret Smith, Jonathan Brenner, Jack Gilbert, Jasper Butler, Rob Taylor; in front, from left to right: Alana McDaniel, Hallie Pike, Destiny Daigle, Chandler Pike. (Photo courtesy of the team)

Team “Oozma Kappa” designed, constructed, and programmed a robot that finished 6th overall after qualifying runs, which qualified the team for the elimination finals. The robot proved to run consistently and reliably throughout the elimination rounds, defeating a number of robots that scored higher during qualifying, but could not put up scores as consistently.

With team members Alana McDaniel and Jack Gilbert calmly doing the “driving” in a highly stressful environment and teammates Hallie Pike, Destiny Daigle, Jasper Butler, Garret Smith, Jonathan Brenner, and Chandler Pike leading enthusiastic cheers, the team won First Place in Robot Eliminations and was presented the First Place Inspiration Award. As part of the team’s research project, the team worked with music teacher Diane Fenlason and proposed that middle school students should learn to compose music and wrote an original musical composition, which they were given the opportunity to perform for the crowd at the Civic Center prior to the elimination finals.

The LEGO robotics after-school program also provided opportunities for students who wanted to learn to design, build, and program LEGO Robots, but did not feel ready for the rigors of the FIRST LEGO League competition.

These students successfully built, tested, and improved robots and were a welcome addition to the program. They include Jayden Audette, Evany Black, Ian Salvati, Bryce McDonald, Sam Norris, Dan Nolan, Michael Pelton, Logan Harvell, and Travis McDonald. Member of Spruce Mountain High School FIRST Robotics Team No. 3930 served as highly valuable mentors to the middle school LEGO League program. Shane Riley, Bryan Riley, Shawn Lecowich, and Madison Lecowich were great role models for younger students and without their help, it would have been very difficult to meet the needs of the 50 middle school students who participated in some fashion throughout the season.

Team No. 3930 member Cam Noll and Ben Nichols also made mentoring contributions throughout the season. Numerous members of Team No. 3930 volunteered to help at the state competition and Bryan Riley developed and help administer the Rules Ace test given to students.

The Spruce Mountain LEGO League Teams were mentored by teachers Rob Taylor, Jay Lindsey, and Dan Lemieux, as well as parents Joel Pike and Duane Fournier.

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  1. Congratulations to your whole program!!!!!! You have become and continue to be a powerhouse leader in STEM experiential learning both in the state of Maine and in World competitions. These students will go forward to solve challenges in the future that have not been seen before. They have learned how to create answers by working together in teams successfully. Superb educational experience for the community. Very proud of you all.

  2. I hope other schools will follow your leadership and take on this challenge. Every child I know enjoys Lego's. My boys (3) have almost very set out there, plus we have picked up some at lawn sales.
    Congratulations to all these students who have worked hard and have had fun learning and presenting there work.

  3. OOZMA KAPPA! WE ARE OK!
    TO INFINTY AND BEYOND!
    LETS GO MINIONS!
    COME ON PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!
    COME ON TIME LORDS!!!
    You guys all did great! I'm proud to tell everybody that i worked with the coolest peop
    le ever, every Tuesday!

  4. WHOOOO! We got spirit, yes we do, we got spirit, how bout you? GOOOOOOO TIME LORDS!!!!!

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