Two teams from East Providence win awards at LEGO contest


BRISTOL — Teams representing two city schools were among those locals to earn awards at the FIRST LEGO League State Championships at Roger William's University Saturday, Jan. 11.

The "CyborGators," from The Gordon School, won the Project Award for innovative solution. The Gators included Jack Stone, Katie Ginn, Maia Wolf-Livingston, Will Short, Alex Sienkiewicz and Ben Zevon. Nick Terry and Rosemary Colt were the coaches.

The "Electrifying Storms," from Martin Middle School, won the Core Values Award for inspiration. Martin team students included Logan Rinaldi, Taylor Heck, Christiana Rebollo, Samantha Carroll, Cedric Petion, Joey Teixeira, Olivia Soares, Clara Cruz, Isabel Cruz and Tahjin Niblett

In addition, two mentors for the Martin team Dakota Dolde and Nicholas Lazouras, were recognized for their efforts in assisting the youngsters.

The FIRST LEGO competition inspires students to work with robotics while testing their skills in science, technology and math.

The 13th Annual FIRST LEGO League Rhode Island Robotics Tournament, sponsored by Rhode Island School of the Future and National Grid.

Project Awards:

Innovative Solution: CyborGators, Gordon School, East Providence

Core Values Awards:

Inspiration: Electrifying Storms, Martin Middle School, East Providence

Youth Mentor Awards (High School & College Students who are recognized for a being a significant role model and mentor to an FLL team):

Dakota Dolde, Electrifying Storms, Martin Middle School, East Providence

Nicholas Lazouras, Electrifying Storms, Martin Middle School, East Providence

There were four teams from East Providence that participated in Saturday's: Electrifying Storms, of Martin Middle School; Raports, of Riverside Middle School; CyborGators, of The Gordon School; and Chamelion Circuit Boards, also of Riverside Middle School.

Photos by Richard W. Dionne Jr.


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