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2016-03-03

Lego League teams advance

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On Saturday, Feb. 13, Bandera Independent School District sent two teams to the First Lego League Qualifying tournament at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio. Both Bandera elementary teams will advance to the Regional Championship Tournament at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on March 12.
The Brilliant Bulldogs from Alkek Elementary placed fourth in the Robot Games out of 23 competing teams. The Alkek Achievers won the Project Award for reusing styrofoam trays as their archery targets and placed fifth out of 23 teams.
The Brilliant Bulldogs are fifth graders Anika Gard, Andy Girard, Ryan Molnar, fourth graders Sophie Smith, David Padgett, Hudson Jackson and third grader Jalyn Lamb.
The Alkek Achievers are fifth graders Aubrey Mangold, Garrett Cielencki, Antony Davis; and fourth graders, Carlye Niccum, Cooper Young and Kaina Asher.
Bandera Middle School took two teams to the First Lego League Regional Qualifier at Fredericksburg Elementary School on Jan. 16.
One team, The Law Dogs, included sixth graders, Jaci Brunet and Kutter Beal; and seventh graders, Connor Barrington and Emma Mydland. The Law Dogs placed seventh in the robot portion of the contest, scoring 223 points. This team also won a Core Values award for their ability to solve problems as a team.
The second Middle School team, Silent Bot Deadly, included seventh graders, Josh Short and Lukas Jackson; and eighth grader, Jose Balderas. This team placed first in the robot portion of the contest, scoring 391 points. They also earned two awards for Robot Design and Robot Performance.
Even though they were unable to present their solution to a real-world problem as rehearsed, the team still earned the privilege to compete at the Alamo Regional Championship on March 12.