Bells advances to state competition | News | The Press and Standard

by | November 24, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: November 22, 2016 at 10:12 am

Bells Elementary School’s First Legos League team came out of last weekend’s district qualifier bound for the state competition in Myrtle Beach in late January.
Colleton County Middle School teacher Ed Williams, who heads the school district’s First Legos League program in the middle and elementary schools, noted the win will see Bells Elementary students returning to the state competition for the second year in a row.
“They knocked it out of the park with their core values presentation,” Williams said.
Winning a spot in the state competition in an early qualifier, Williams said, gives the Bells Elementary team more time to improve their skills in the robotics and Animals Allies presentation portions of the event.
“They have extra time to work on it. I’m looking for good things to happen,” Williams said. The extra effort, he added, could see the Bells team advance to the world festival.
Northside Elementary School’s team left Saturday’s qualifier with the “Against All Odds” Award. They earned the award for their perseverance. Williams said the judges recognized that the Northside team was having a problem and watched as they worked their way through it.
Hendersonville Elementary School’s team received the Spirit Award.
Finally, Colleton County Middle School teacher Melanie Henderson was presented the Best Volunteer Award for her work at the qualifier.
Williams said the qualifier, hosted for the third year in a row by the middle school, was a success.
Even though the qualifying round for the First Lego League is over, the teams will continue to work. The school district hopes to travel to The Citadel early next year to compete in the college’s robotics competition.
Williams said he wanted to express his thanks to Space and Naval Warfare Center in Charleston and The Boeing Company for grants provided to the school district to help cover the costs of the program.

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