Coronado Middle School Robotics displayed outstanding performance at the recent First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition at Mission Bay High School. Led by Robotics Coach and program founder Roberta Lenert, the five CMS teams showcased their talents and teamwork, achieving remarkable results against schools from across the county. Impressively, four teams secured their spot in the regionals after emerging victorious in their respective competitions.
The Island Engineers claimed 1st place in Robot Design, while Triton Tribe stood out with 1st Place in Robot Game and finished as the 2nd place overall champions. Robo Royalty excelled in the Project category, securing 1st Place, while the Robo Tritons showcased their team spirit and were awarded 1st Place Team Spirit.
Coach Lenert expressed her admiration for the teams’ dedication and preparation leading up to the qualifying competition. Praiseworthy is the fact that this year, the students invested three full weeks in competition preparation, demonstrating their commitment by practicing not only in the robotics lab but also at home on competition tables.
CMS Robotics Mentor, Mayor Richard Bailey, was honored with the FLL Top Mentor Award. Mayor Bailey commended the program, highlighting the valuable skills students acquire, including coding, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. He also noted the program’s expansion to the high school level, where high school students serve as mentors to middle schoolers, effectively inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The success of CMS LEGO Robotics is attributed to the exceptional support from the Coronado Unified School District, the Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF), the City of Coronado, sponsors, coaches, mentors, and the community. With the assistance of sponsors such as Amazon, Qualcomm, DoDEA, High Tide, Mullins Orthodontics, CSF, and a grant from the City of Coronado, CMS Robotics provides students with the necessary resources, including two robots per team, coding computers, 3D printers, and well-equipped labs.
Looking ahead, Coach Lenert and her teams have their sights set on the ultimate goal: competing in the Worlds competition. However, they acknowledge the need to first succeed in regionals and state competitions. With an unwavering focus on teamwork, dedication, and countless hours of hard work in the lab, they are determined to achieve success with the guidance of their devoted mentors and coaches.
What is the First Lego League (FLL)?
According to their website, FLL introduces children aged 4-16 to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on learning. Participants gain problem-solving experience through a global robotics program, aiming to build a better future by developing critical thinking, coding, and design skills.
Which teams from Coronado Middle School achieved success at the FLL Robotics Competition?
The Island Engineers, Triton Tribe, Robo Royalty, and Robo Tritons secured notable achievements in various categories, including Robot Design, Robot Game, Project, and Team Spirit.
Who mentored the CMS Robotics teams?
CMS Robotics Mentor, Mayor Richard Bailey, received the FLL Top Mentor Award for his guidance and support during the competition preparation. Additionally, high school students served as mentors to middle schoolers, fostering inspiration and skill development in robotics.