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Oak Grove Fin-tastic Fish, State Champions in Core Values!

Posted on: January 28, 2018

The Oak Grove LEGO Robotics team, the Fin-tastic Fish, won a state championship award for core values at the State Robotics Championship in Hillsboro earlier this month.

The Fin-tastic Fish team were selected by the tournament judges as this year’s Oregon first place state champions for Core Values for team work, problem solving, inspiration and gracious professionalism.

This year, approximately 450 First LEGO League (FLL) teams competed throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. One hundred twenty teams advanced from qualifying tournaments throughout the state to the state championship tournament.

“All in all, it was an exciting, fun-filled day for the team,” said team coach and Oak Grove teacher Mark Gullickson. “They were able to share their robot design and programming ideas, sing and play their ukuleles for the entire audience of more than 1,500 people. They led a Conga line of more than 300 kids around the gym during the awards ceremony.”

The competition included a robotics competition table with tasks for their robot. The team completed eight of the 18 tasks. They also had prepared a research project proposing a solution to generating power with a hydroelectric generator. Read more about the project.

To date, the team has shared their research project and innovative solution with more than 50,000 people worldwide.

Pictured (above): The team receives their State Championship trophy. Team members, from left are: Ellie Grace, Lena Larson, Brianna Williams, Greta Babbitt, and Nicole Williams. The individual standing to the right of the team is an executive from Tektronix, Inc., the award sponsor.

Read the story in the Democrat-Herald.

The Fin-tastic Fish team at the state championship competition. The Fin-tastic Fish team at the state championship competition.

The Fin-tastic Fish team competing at the competition table.

Team members competing on the competition table. The team was able to successfully complete eight of their missions.