Featuring local middle school and elementary school students, Prosper robotics team S.L.I.C.E. has an impressive first year of competition, while team P.I.E. recently advanced to world level competition.

Team S.L.I.C.E. (Super, Legendary, Intelligent, Creative Engineers) consists of Jake Kinchen, Kyle Graffagnino and Alexander Phillips (from Reynolds Middle School) and Zane Pedersen, Sarah Renshaw and Robbie Seibert (from Rucker Elementary School). Team P.I.E. (Prosper Independent Engineers) consists of Denny and Tyler Seibert, Ethan Graffagnino, Erika Pedersen, Stephen Phillips and Logan Dyer (from Reynolds Middle School ) and Tyler Moore (from Rogers Middle School).

These students worked since last summer meeting about five hours per week practicing, researching and preparing for this season of robotics competition. The teams competed against area First Lego League (FLL) teams by maneuvering around an obstacle-filled table to complete missions using a robot they designed, built and programmed using Lego Mindstorms. Teams also competed and are judged on three presentations. The first featured robot design, missions and programming. The second demonstrated teamwork and application of Lego League’s Core Values. The third showcased the team’s solution for a real world problem based on this year’s FLL theme: hydrodynamics.

Team S.L.I.C.E. created the Shower Saver 3000, an attachment for the standard shower head that collects and sends data to an app allowing users to view their daily shower water consumption and encourage water conservation. Team P.I.E. designed and built their project, the MSS 2000, a motion sensor shower insert that works to cut water waste in the shower.

At First Round Qualifiers, team S.L.I.C.E. was 1 of 10 teams to move on to the next round of competition. The season ended at Second Round Qualifiers, but team S.L.I.C.E. is already filled with ideas and excitement for next year. This marked an impressive season for a newly formed team of 4-6th graders.

Team P.I.E. won first place at First Round Qualifiers, allowing them to skip Second Round qualifiers. At the Annual Regional Championship Tournament, team P.I.E. competed alongside 59 of the top teams in the North Texas area (out of 435 teams total). Team P.I.E. earned the third place trophy and an invitation to the 2018 University of Arkansas World FLL Invitational in May. At this world event, these kids will get to compete against 74 other teams from across the United States and around the world over the course of two days.

To keep updated and for more information on the teams, please visit their facebook page ww.facebook.com/ProsperIndependentEngineers/ or check them out on You Tube Prosper Independent Engineers FLL.