Southeast teams stand out at statewide robotics competition

Posted: Sunday, February 15, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Nearly 40 teams from around the state, including the Meltdownz team from Harborview Elementary School, competed in the statewide For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League Competition held Jan. 17 at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

Courtesy Of Barbara Schetter
Courtesy Of Barbara Schetter

The winners of the Southeast Regional Competition, the Envirobotics from Skagway and the Meltdownz from Juneau, represented Southeast at the tournament.

JEDC supported travel for the winning team from Skagway through our SpringBoard Program, and generous Juneau patrons helped support the participation of Juneau's Meltdownz. JEDC also provided audio-visual support and staffing for the statewide event held in Anchorage.

"We are very pleased with the local and statewide participation in the FIRST LEGO League program," said JEDC Executive Director Brian Holst. "It is a great opportunity for students to get involved with science and math in a fun, challenging and rewarding manner by combining the familiarity of Lego's with the excitement of robotics. We are able to support these programs through our Dod-funded SpringBoard Program supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming for young people throughout Alaska. We are especially proud of how well the teams from SE Alaska faired against teams from the rest of the state. The Harborview Meltdownz earned a first-prize in Robot Design."

The FIRST LEGO League is an international program for 9- to 14-year-old children created in a partnership between FIRST and The LEGO Group in 1998.

The next FIRST LEGO League season kicks-off in September, and the regional competition is Nov. 21 at Centennial Hall. All Juneau schools are encouraged to support teams. For more information, visit or speak with JEDC STEM education specialist Rebecca Parks.

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