Lower and Middle School Robotics Teams Take on The Roboquake on the Lake

On Saturday, January 25, 2020 two Robotics Teams from Gerstell Academy competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Maryland Qualifying Tournament: Roboquake on Lake at The Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore. This season's challenge was called City Shapers. 
Our Lower School team, the Wild Ones, is comprised of fourth and fifth grade students. During the competition, the Wild Ones earned the Judges Award* while finishing in the top five during the competition. They are led by coach Kathy Krcma and 11th grade volunteer Suzie Akim Shittu. 
Our Middle School team, 8 Bit Bosses, placed third out of 20 teams during the robot performance competition and won the second place Core Values Award**. The 8 Bit Bosses are one of four teams selected from the competition to advance to the Maryland State FLL Championships on Sunday, February 23 at UMBC. They are led by coach Meghan Jothen. 
Both teams had fun and worked hard solving problems during the competition. They also found time to relax and enjoyed eating pizza! 
*According to FLL the "Judges Award" is described as: 
During the course of competition, the judges may encounter teams whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition. Some teams have a story that sets them apart in a noteworthy way. Sometimes a team is so close to winning an award that the judges choose to give special recognition to the team. Judges Awards allow the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Award categories.
**According to FLL the "Core Values Award" is described as: 
This award celebrates a team that is empowered by their FIRST LEGO League experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit. This award also recognizes a team that is able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving and excellent time management.
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