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Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

Saint James School Robotics Headed to State Competition

Saint James School Middle School Robotics team with Team Sponsor Mr. Dane Hawk and (L to R) Lily Everett, Carter Miller, Tucker Byrd, Will Alexander, Dwight Parker, and J. T. Burton.

The Saint James Middle School Robotics team was awarded high honors at the Alexander City First LEGO League 2018 Qualifier at Central Alabama Community College on Saturday, December 9, 2018. The team competed in a pool of nine schools and just three were advanced to the State competition – including Saint James!

The Saint James team sponsor, Mr. Dane Hawk, explained, “The team has practiced twice a week after school since September. The team had to design a robot to complete "missions" since the competition was "Into Orbit", a space-based game. The robot game lasted 2 1/2 minutes, and we had to complete as many missions as we could. The points for each mission varied.” He continued, “We were also judged on a project in which we had to determine a problem astronauts deal with in long-term space travel and create a solution to the problem. The team presented their solution to a panel of judges and answered questions from the judges. We were also judged on robot design where the team explained the planning and building process, demonstrated the robot, and answered questions. Finally, they were judged on a presentation of the Core Values on First LEGO League.”

“I cannot describe how proud I am of these students,” Hawk said. “They are so committed, driven, creative, and articulate for such young students,” he continued. “We will be practicing regularly when we return from Winter Break to be prepared for State this spring in Huntsville. I know they will be phenomenal!”

The First LEGO League expresses the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism  and Coopertition (eg: cooperative competition) through its Core Values:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
  • Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!

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