Jefferson Middle School’s Master Builders are bound for St. Louis in April after they won the Champions Award as the overall winner of the FIRST LEGO League Tournament held February 13 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.
By virtue of their victory, the Master Builders have qualified to travel to St. Louis in April representing East Tennessee in the FIRST LEGO League World Championships, a press release said.
The Master Builders are the second team from Jefferson during the past two years to win the Champions Award. The Atomic Eagles were Champions Award winners a year ago.
The February 13 competition saw the Master Builders finish in second place for the Robot Performance Trophy. The Atomic City Eagles won the Robot Strategy and Innovation Award.
The Master Builders team members are Andrew Brady, Jessica Mohr, Henri Scott, Iliana Spence, Thora Spence, and Amelia Thomson. Lexie Scott and Jeff Thomson are coaches, while Thomson is also the team mentor.
The Cookeville tournament was comprised of 48 teams from East and Middle Tennessee. Each team demonstrates its problem-solving skills with LEGO Mindstorms robots to solve a set of missions on a table.
The competition emphasizes science, math, engineering, technology and more.
UT-Battelle and Tennessee Tech are tournament co-sponsors.
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