Students who built robots in Florence One made impressive wins in several categories in the recent Lego League Robotics Regional Competition known as FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Nineteen teams competed in the event held at Florence Darlington Technical College’s SiMT Building. Florence One had three of the five teams advancing to the state competition in Lexington in February. The John W. Moore RoboLions won the top award of first place at Saturday’s FIRST Robotics Regional competition. Advisers are Jeff Murrie, Kay McSwain and Robbie Crowley. The RoboLions will advance to the state meet in February. The team contacted Apple and cell phone companies to suggest improvements in Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and presented their information through a skit called, “The Wizard of Floz.” Sneed Middle’s IceMasters also advance to the state competition. In addition, the team received a second place Project Award. The Ice Masters’ project involved the design of a device that would prevent the creation of black ice on bridges using solar panels that would collect and store heat.
The team built a model of their device (from Legos) and presented the idea in a skit. Advisers are Kimberly Alexander and Lynn Howard. Sneed Middle’s Squire Quakes also represented the school at the competition. The Williams Middle Bengalbots coached by Paula Werner, is also one of three of Florence One’s teams to advance to state competition in February. The team took second place in core values and emphasized the need to locally prepare for possible hazardous weather conditions such as hurricanes through a skit called, “Nature’s Fury.” Additional wins at the competition included North Vista’s Tigerbots, first place in the project category. Their innovative solution related to a weather advisory tablet that would help people better prepare for natural disasters. Kathleen Jones and Casey Caswell are advisers. Other Florence One robotics teams represented in the competition include Delmae Elementary’s D2T2, which placed ninth out of 19 teams; Debbie Chapman is adviser. Southside Middle’s Technofalcons, coached by Harry McFadden and Teenechian McCall, received an exemplary rating in mechanical design.