Cellar Dwellers, FLL Robotics Team, Places First in the State!
Congratulations to the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Division 1 State Champions, the Cellar Dwellers, whose team members include Lake Anne Elementary School students Sara Leong, Andy Schauer, and Jack Barrett and LAES alumni Nico Lagendyk and Andrew Barrett. Together with Max Butler, from Vienna Elementary, the team placed first, overall, in the state of Virginia in Division 1 at this weekend’s tournament which was held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. FLL is a world-wide robotics competition for elementary and middle school-age children and this year, 610 teams competed across the state including more than 360 Division 1 teams. The Cellar Dwellers were judged in four categories, how their robot performed, robot design, teamwork, and the thoroughness of their research project, which is focused on using technology to help seniors take their medications as prescribed. The Cellar Dwellers qualified for the state tournament with a robot design victory at the George Mason University regional tournament held in November. At the state tournament, they received top scores in all four categories in order to earn the first place Champion’s Award. The Cellar Dwellers are coached by LAES alum and current South Lakes High School sophomore Natalie Schauer, as well as current LAES parents John Barrett and Kim Schauer.
The Cellar Dwellers have been invited to represent the state of Virginia and Washington DC in one of the FLL Open Invitationals to be held in the Spring. They will have their choice of competing in California, Florida, or Germany.
Videos of their robot performance and research project presentations can be found at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftruU9XkkGtqGHIi41m1mw.