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West Linn teams move on to state championships


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The LEGO Megos from Rosemont Ridge Middle School received the Advancement to Championship Event award and will move on to state.West Linn LEGO Robotics teams received awards during the state qualifying tournament and three teams, Clockwork, Xploding Robowheels and the LEGO Megos, will go onto state tournaments.

The Electronic LEGO Fanatics (ELF) Rosemont from Rosemont Ridge Middle School earned first place for best robot design at the state qualifying tournament. The LEGO Megos, also from Rosemont Ridge Middle School, received the Advancement to Championship Event award and will move on to state.

The FLL LEGO Robotics team Bolters from West Linn were awarded first place overall at the Mentor Graphics regional tournament Dec. 8 in Wilsonville. The diverse team is made of five students, ages 11 to 14, two coaches and one senior partner.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Team members from the Bolters are, from left, coach Rick Pier, Nathan Murrell, Megan Allphin, Darian Seale, Daylen Allphin, coach Eric Allphin and (center) Tyler Pier.The team has presented its “senior solution” — a project on osteoarthritis they developed for competition — at senior care centers throughout West Linn. The team’s slogan is “Silver Platter Service for Seniors.” The team will compete at the Oregon State Tournament Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 in Hillsboro.

The Xploding Robowheels took first place in the LEGO robotics regional competition held Dec. 8 at Catlin Gabel School in Portland. The team is made up of students who attend Touchstone, Stafford Primary and Lake Oswego Junior High schools. The team is coached by Dale Kresge and Lillian Oppenheimer. This is the second year the team has competed in the competition and the second year it has earned the right to compete at the state championship.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Team members from the Xploding Robowheels are, from left, Larissa Chan of Touchstone Elementary, Sera Lew of Stafford Primary School, Ryan Lew of Lake Oswego Junior High, Alex Morrow, Katie Oppenheimer and Natalie Peterman, all students at Touchstone, and Kira Takara of Lake Oswego Junior High. Coaches are Dale Kresge, second row on left, and Lillian Oppenheimer, on right.The Intel Oregon First LEGO League State Championship Tournament will be held Jan. 19 and 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Liberty High School, 21945 NW Wagon Way, Hillsboro.

The top 118 LEGO robots teams made up of students ages 9 to 14 from across Oregon and Southwest Washington will compete with their custom robots.

Last month, more than 400 teams and about 3,000 students participated in qualifying tournaments throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. The top 30 percent of these teams will compete at the championship tournament.

At the championship tournament, teams will compete with their robots on a 4-foot by 8-foot playing field, present research projects on senior solutions, and discuss technical aspects of their robots with judges.

For more information, visit http://ortop.org.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The Electronic LEGO Fanatics from Rosemont Ridge Middle School earned first place for best robot design at the state qualifying tournament.




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