Two Prosper Area FIRST Lego League teams performed at the first round of competitions held at Braswell High School in Aubrey on Dec. 10. FLL is a competition that requires the teams to compete in a friendly style that promotes learning over winning in three areas: 1. Core values (good team sportsmanship), 2. Project (team solves a problem using an innovative solution) and 3. Robot (team builds and programs a robot to navigate various missions on a standard FLL table). Teams consist of 2-10 students in fourth through eighth grade coached by one to two adults.
One of the Prosper teams, The Unstoppable JCTs, consists of six fourth and fifth graders at Light Farms Elementary coached by Myriah Sweeney. Many of the students on this team were new to FLL and learned the last several months about robotics, manatees and good sportsmanship. Despite being young and a new team to the area, the team was talented enough to receive the Judges Award in their first round of competition consisting of 28 DFW teams. They moved on to the second round of competitions on Jan. 14, but did not advance from there.
The second Prosper Team, Team Prosper Independent Engineers, consists of seven students from Rogers and Reynolds Middles Schools and is coached by Jamie and Anna Seibert. This team is in its second year of competition and received two awards at this competition: First Place for Robot Performance and First Place Overall. This award propels the team directly to the DFW Regional competition to be held on Feb. 4. In addition to the work required for the competition, the team has also volunteered at Prosper’s Jana Thompson Garden at Rucker Elementary and learned much from the master gardeners who manage it.