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Forsyth County News
Forsyth County schools’ FIRST LEGO League robotics season went out with a bang this year.

Several teams placed in the recent state competition as well as a qualifier, which was held in Dalton.

None will go on to the national competition next month, but South Forsyth Middle robotics adviser Karol Griffith said students “worked hard every day” to try and make it happen.

South Forsyth’s team, Eaglego, came out of the state at Georgia Tech on Jan. 31 competition in eighth place overall. It also took third place in the research category.

The Raging Thunderbolts at Vickery Creek Elementary won second place for robot performance and placed second in the technical category as well.

An independent robotics group, Team Super Awesome, won the spirit award at the state competition.

Teams that did well in the Dalton Super Qualifier included: Daves Creek Sphere Savers, third place for teamwork; South Forsyth Middle’s Eaglego, third place in the technical category; Team Super Awesome, second place for technical; and independent team COMETS, third place in overall event.

Daves Creek Elementary robotics adviser Christi Philips said robotics is “one of the most difficult extracurricular activities in the school system ... but one of the most rewarding for students.”

Philips said watching students plan, build and program LEGO robots is like “watching little, miniature engineers in action ... they just get so excited about making the robot do exactly what they want the it to do.”

Robotics season ends with the national and world competitions next month. Students begin planning their LEGO creations again for the next season this August.

The Forsyth LEGO League robotics tournament was held Dec. 6 at South Forsyth High School, where the Forsyth Alliance, an umbrella robotics organization for the county, brought together more than 300 elementary and middle schools from Georgia and other states to compete.

FIRST stands for First For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

The Forsyth LEGO League tournament was one of seven robotics events in the county, including the VEX competition, in which robots play capture the flag.

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