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Autrey Mill robotics teams win high honors

by Staff Reports

December 11, 2013

In the front row are Kamy Shah, Jason Gao, Samuel Song, Hunter Hines, Bradley Dai, Brandon Mach and Victoria Chen. In back are Jacob Anderson, Madison Culver, Sasha Ayagh, Siddharth Shrivastava, Will Rarer, Joshua Paredes, Rohan Kumar, Ethan Wang, Dallin Anderson and coach Ed Clawson.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. The Autrey Mill Middle School robotics teams continued its winning streak at the TSA Fall Leadership Conference in Jekyll Island, Ga. Nov. 8-10.

Middle school teams from across Georgia competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) segment. This year's theme was "Natural Disasters," and the students built and programmed robots to perform tasks that simulated rescue missions.

These tasks included rescuing people and pets, removing trees from the roadway, deploying a rescue plane and building earthquake-proof structures.

Each team was given three-and-a-half minutes to complete as many missions as possible. In addition to the robotics performance, the teams were also judged on core values/teamwork, a presentation related to natural disasters and robot design.

For the third year in a row, Autrey Mill's "Cornheads" won highest honors with a first place Champions Award.

They also won the Performance Award for the highest overall score on the robotics competition mat performing the rescue missions. At their first competition ever, Autrey Mill's "Omega Lions" team was awarded the second-highest honor, with a second place Champions Award.

Both teams will compete in the super-regionals in January.