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Bishop Ludden FIRST LEGO League Team #1 Wins Core Values Trophy

Congratulations to the Bishop Ludden FIRST LEGO League Team #1, which has won the Core Values Trophy on December 10, 2017 at Gregory B Jarvis Middle School in Mohawk, New York. 

The qualifying event featured 18 teams from the region; the top nine teams advance to the championship round on January 13, 2018.

This was the first time Bishop Ludden entered the competition, sending two teams to compete. Teams were judged on a best of three performances through a robotics course, a project on water, robot design, and a core values presentation.

Ludden’s team #1 received a perfect score in the Core Values section of the competition, in which teams presented in front of a panel of judges. According to the FLL website, “The FIRST LEGO League Core Values are the cornerstones of the program.  We are a team. We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors. We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together. We honor the spirit of friendly competition. What we discover is more important than what we win. We share our experiences with others. We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do. We have FUN!”

Team # 1 members include eighth grader Rebecca Wituszynski, as well as seventh graders Isaiah Apps, Ryan Brady, and Jacob Murray. The team received perfect scores with “Exemplary” ratings in Discovery, Team Spirit, Integration of values, Effectiveness and Efficiency in terms of teamwork. The group also received a rating of “Gracious Professionalism” in terms of team balance, respect for team members and Coopertition (which means that the team competed in the spirit of friendly competition and cooperation with others). Team #1 was captained by ninth grader Will Anderson.

Bishop Ludden Coach Maxine Babcock, says “Both teams learned a great deal from failures and had a lot of success and improvement over the course of the competition. One of the things that FLL stresses is an appropriate balance between team responsibility and coach guidance. Our other coach, sponsor Andrew Leary, and I believe that the kids learn the most through making mistakes and then improving. We now know how to improve and qualify in the 2018-19 season.”

Team #2, captained by ninth grader Michael Losi, steadily improved throughout the day. Freshmen members Aidan Craner,and Paul Kolenda, eighth graders Patrick Hammer and Reese Evans, and seventh grader Sarah Fink improved their score on each robot run.

Both teams will compete in the spring in an event sponsored by CNY Robotics inc. and they will have intramural competitions for prizes this winter.