Staunton robotics teams excel in regional competition

Staunton robotics teams excel in regional competition

Two Girl Scout robotics teams from Staunton earned awards during regional competition in First LEGO League, a robotics program for youth ages 9-14 in which teams design and program robots that are used to compete in a table game. Teams also conduct and present an elaborate research project and are evaluated on how well they demonstrate FLL core values of discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork and fun.

Both teams, Bot Girls in the Blue and Girls Exploring Robots! (GIR!) competed Dec. 8 at Henning Elementary School in Troy. Bot Girls in the Blue won the Rookie Award, which recognizes excellent performance by a first-year team. Team members include Sophie Bond, Livia Crouch, Ryenne Dugger, Lydia LaRosa, Kara Leach and Brooklyn Rizzi, with coach Carol Bond.

Veteran team GIR! won the Champions Award for best performance in the tournament and qualified for the FLL State Tournament, to be held Jan. 26 at the University of Illinois. Team members include Olivia Crain, Lily Dothager, Maia Dothager, Vivienne Dothager, Abigail Lesko, Priya Siegfried, Kendall Sigafoos and Tyler Wright, with coach Jason Dothager.

Overall, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois had six teams qualify for the FLL State Tournament and 10 teams win awards during competition. GSOFSI’s robotics teams are funded through a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund.

Members of Girls Exploring Robots! (GIR!) are, back row, from left, Abigail Lesko, Maia Dothager, Lily Dothager, Olivia Crain and Kendall Sigafoos; front row, Priya Siegfried, Tyler Wright and Vivienne Dothager.

Members of the Bot Girls in the Blue are, back row, from left, Sophie Bond and Lydia LaRosa; front row, Brooklyn Rizzi and Ryenne Dugger; not pictured, Livia Crouch and Kara Leach.