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Dover Rovers win a trophy at the RoboNautica Lego Robotics State Tournament

The "Dover Rovers" Lego robotics team made up of Aaron Marsh, Ethan Wood, Owen Mandel and Siddarth Kumar (7th graders from the Dover Sherborn Middle School) and Ben Croll (5th grader from Charles River School) competed in the RoboNautica First Lego League (FLL) Robotics State Championship held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester on 21-Dec-2013. They competed against 84 other teams from around the state and won the second place trophy for Teamwork and Core Values, they also had the 10th highest score in the live robot challenge/competition.

Previously they had competed in the regional qualifying tournament held at the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical high school in Upton, on Saturday, 23-Nov-2013. They competed against 64 regional teams at that tournament and placed second in the live robot challenge/competition and earned a ‘golden ticket’ to compete in RoboNautica state competition at WPI. As part of their research for this competition, the team met with members of HopeH a non-profit organization from Haiti. They then came up with a unique solution to provide for clean water and preventing water borne illnesses after a natural disaster. The Dover Rovers also won a prestigious second place for Robot Design in the competition and one of their coaches Paul Wood won a Mentor award.

The FIRST LEGO League (http://www.firstlegoleague.org/) is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds (9 to 14 in US/CAN/MEX), which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills. The FLL theme for the competition this year was "Nature's Fury" and it involved a project to highlight a solution that deals with natural disasters, a Lego robotics challenge to program a Lego robot to complete different missions and score highest points and a core values evaluation around teamwork and leadership.

Attachment: Dover Rovers Team picture (From Left to Right) - Owen Mandel, Ethan Wood, Ben Croll, Aaron Marsh and Siddarth Kumar

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