Press Release: CT FIRST LEGO League State Championship Results

For Immediate Release
Connecticut FIRST®
December 16, 2011

Susan Glasspiegel, FIRST® Regional Director,, 860.651.9994
Mike Gentry, FIRST LEGO® League Operational Partner,, 860.608.3223
Jenny Smith,, 860.328.0212


19 Youth Teams Emerge Victorious During FIRST LEGO® League State Championship

[Hartford, Conn., December 16, 2011] – They navigated painstakingly programmed LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robots through a maze of missions and obstacles. They gave well-honed science presentations to dedicated volunteer judges. They offered solutions to food contamination challenges using sophisticated exhibits. They showed what teamwork and professionalism look like.

After a full day of competition on Sunday, December 11 at Central Connecticut State University, 190 grade and middle school students on 19 teams were named winners in 10 categories during Connecticut FIRST®’s FIRST LEGO® League Food Factor Challenge State Championship.

As part of Connecticut FIRST®’s continuum of programs and events for children and teens K-12, the FIRST LEGO® League introduces elementary and middle school students to real-world engineering challenges and helps them learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills.

Past years’ FIRST® LEGO® League Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing each year’s Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths that solidify the science, technology, engineering and math principles that naturally come from participating in a robotics program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills that will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.

This year’s statewide FIRST® LEGO League winners are:

Champions Award
Recognizes teams that embody the FLL experience by fully embracing the program’s Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the competition’s Robot Game and Project
1st Place: Team 11273,Team Genius, Unionville
2nd Place: Team 11706 Polson Top Hats, Madison
3rd Place: Team 3392, Point Blank, Manchester

Robot Performance Award
Recognizes teams that score the most points during the Robot Game. Teams have a chance to compete in at least three 2.5 minute matches and their highest score counts.
1st Place: Team 2843, CyberColonels, Ledyard
2nd Place: Team 11339, Simsbury Brickmasters
Mechanical Design Award
Recognizes teams that design and develop a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions.
1st Place: 101 Burnin’ Cold, Glastonbury
2nd Place: Team 1334, Avon Nova

Programming Award
Recognizes a team that utilizes outstanding programming principals, using clear, concise and reusable code that allows their robot to perform challenge missions autonomously and consistently.
1st Place: Team 40, SNAP, Westport

Research Award
Recognizes teams that utilize diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified.
1st Place, Team 5894, S.T.R.I.P.E.S., Southington
2nd Place, Team 10272, The Big iDEERS, Vernon

Innovative Solution Award
Recognizes team solutions that are exceptionally well-considered and creative, with good potential to solve the problem researched.
1st Place, Team 2202, SIS Revolution, Shelton
2nd Place, Team 6444, Braniacs, Litchfield

Presentation Award
Recognizes teams that effectively communicates the problem they have identified and their proposed solution to both the judges and other potential supporters.
1st Place, Team 13130, M.E. Bots, New Haven
2nd Place, Team 10250, NXTremes, East Haddam

Gracious Professionalism™
Recognizes teams whose members show each other and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.
1st Place, Team 1632, Bits and Pieces, Stonington
2nd Place,Team 269, Nidz Kidz, Deep River

Judges Award
Recognizes teams whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition for their unique stories and achievements.
1st Place, Team 9642, Mind Mavericks, Greenwich
2nd Place, Team 13103, Kingsmen Robotix, Trumbull

Several awards for robot design and programming were given by the Connecticut Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a trade organization for electrical and computer engineers.

Connecticut’s FIRST LEGO® League teams join more than 200,000 other young people in over 55 countries who are exploring the topic of food safety during this year’s competition.

About Connecticut FIRST®
As part of FIRST®, an international organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, Connecticut FIRST® inspires young people ages 6-18 across Connecticut to be science and technology leaders through mentor-based programs supported by the state’s leading corporations, that build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Young people in Connecticut FIRST® programs master science and technology concepts through robotics, while gaining valuable career and life skills that carry them to higher education and to science, technology, engineering and math professions.

Connecticut FIRST® programs are for students from Kindergarten through middle and high school.
• FIRST ® Junior LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3 (ages 6-8)
• FIRST ® LEGO® League (FLL®) for Grades 4-8 (ages 9-14)
• FIRST ® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for Grades 7-12 (ages 13-18)
• FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) for Grades 9-12 (ages 15-18)

Students can join at any level based on their grade. Involvement and intensity increases as students progress through the various programs.

For more information or to get involved with FIRST LEGO® League as a team, sponsor or mentor, contact Mike Gentry, FIRST LEGO® League Operational Partner,, 860.608.3223.


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