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Radioactive Fireflies Take 2nd At State Championship

on February 4, 2015 - 10:18am

Front row from left, Eden Schmierer, Coach Karen Doebling and Natalie Aulwes. Back row from left, Emily Holmes, Eleanor Henderson, Katie Herrmann, Maddie Ovaska and Sophia Mamula. Photo by Brad Henderson

In the Junior FLL Expo, the Atomic Flying Pickle Minions won the 'Against All Odds' award. Their 'Think Tank' project was about learning to ice skate with the Ice Scooter Skating Aid. From left, Magellan Bronson, Joseph Doebling, Timothy Rousculp and Coach Chris Rousculp. Photo by Rita Bronson

FLL News:

The Radioactive Fireflies FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team won the 2nd place Champion's Award at the New Mexico FLL Championship Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Menaul School in Albuquerque.

Teams started preparing in August for the competition which had three parts: build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot to complete a series of tasks, present an original idea to help improve the way people learn, and represent the FIRST Core Values of teamwork, fun and "Gracious Professionalism(TM)". The competition is like a sporting event and a science fair combined.

The Radioactive Fireflies are 7th graders from Los Alamos Middle School. Their robot scored 205 points and their project is an adventure computer game that teaches NM History. Also competing from Los Alamos were the Atomic Flying Pickles (8th grade) who won the Inspiration Award and the Bloonatics (8th grade) who recently proposed their project of Kindle textbooks to the LAPS School Board. 

All three teams are Girl Scouts.