Forty-eight robotics teams from across the state competed Jan. 25 in the First Lego League West Tennessee Championship in Memphis.
Teams made up of students who range from fourth to eighth grades were judged on events such as robot design and performance, core values, technical interview and research project.
Clarksville-Montgomery County teams earned the right to participate by competing in a qualifier event Dec. 7 at Central Services South.
Grand champions named
The DevolBergers, a team made up of eighth graders from Richview and Rossview middle schools, brought home the grand champion award, as well as the second-place trophy for robot performance.
The grand champion award went to the team that the judges deem best exemplifies all aspects of FLL.
As grand champions, the DevolBergers are automatically qualified to attend the 2020 First Lego League World Festival at the First Championship in Houston.
They also received a check for $1,000 from the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers to go toward travel expenses.
The DevolBergers are Ryan Bellamy, Katelyn Mann, Charlie Olita, Nate Smith and Gavin Weddington.
Will Smith and Greg and Ashton Weddington coach the team.
The teammates met while students at Moore Magnet STEM School.
There, under the coaching and guidance of technology instructor Jane Weakley, they sparked an interest in robotics and formed not just a team, but also friendships that have lasted.
Collaboration with younger students
Part of the DevolBergers 2019-2020 initiative included meeting and collaborating with the Moorebots, the robotic team from Moore Magnet School, which consists of fourth and fifth graders from the school’s STEM program. The Moorebots also competed in Memphis.
The Moorebots, coached by Michelle O’Bryant and William Bowers, brought home the second-place grand champion award, as well as the third-place trophy for robot performance.
Electric Eagles soar in competition
The Northeast Middle School Electric Eagles robotics teams also attended the competition in Memphis, and the eighth-grade team took home third-place grand champion, as well as the fourth-place spot in robot performance.