Detailed spreadsheet for all rounds. Please note that this spreadsheet has multiple tabs. One for each of the three rounds, one for the finals, and a few that sumarize the information.
NASHUA, N.H. (Dec. 13, 2003) Mindstorms Mayhem, a team of 10 students home schooled from five cities in southern New Hampshire, was named 2003’s BAE Systems FIRST LEGO® League New Hampshire State Tournament champion at the Nashua High School North Campus, Dec 13.
Placing second was the Flying Geeks, Nashua Christian Academy, Nashua, N.H.
FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) is one of the largest science competitions for students throughout the U.S.
Mindstorms Mayhem was among 48 elementary and middle school teams from throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts providing both a robotic solution and a research presentation to interplanetary mission challenges. "Mission Mars" invited students to explore the Martian landscape, solving problems unique to the Red Planet’s environment.
"The greatest challenge was to learn to work together as a team," said Ben Streeter, Mayhem robot handler, "Once we did, we found we were good at different things – builders, programming, team spirit and research."
Other Mindstorms Mayhem students are Melissa Gray, Nathan Gray, Brian Jennings, Ben Krupkin, Jacob Krupkin, David Schunemann, Ben Streeter, Nathan Streeter, Dan Umenhofer and Vickie Umenhofer. Coaches are Ken Streeter, Bill Gray and Christopher Jennings.
FLL, in its fifth season, seeks to encourage an interest in science, math and technology among students, ages 9-14, in a compressed, rapid-paced program. "This year’s challenge was particularly exciting because it made a current event -- NASA’s Mars rover landing next month -- relevant to each participant," said Linda Lavoie, director for the New Hampshire tournament. "Students gain a broader appreciation of current events because they’re encouraged to recognize the challenges inherent in an event as well as hone their skills to solve those challenges. At the same time, everyone -- students and volunteers -- is having fun."
In October, more than 49,000 students from throughout the U.S., and 12 other nations accepted the challenge to solve Martian exploration and colonization challenges faced by astronauts and NASA engineers. For the past eight weeks, the 4,200 teams worked on their robotic solutions using LEGO® MINDSTORMS ™ robotics technology kits; strategizing, then designing, building and testing their solution to solve Martian exploration challenges. For the research element, the teams studied one of the challenge’s missions and developed a research question related to such issues as maneuvering and travel, Martian living conditions, space technology and alliances. They then prepared a presentation to demonstrate how robotics technology can address their question.
In the Mayhem presentation, they discussed the need for energy resources and the practical application of a geothermal power solution, explained Nathan Gray, Mayhem team member. "Solar panels are too hard to keep free of the Martian dust; windmill blades would have to be too large to maintain and hamster power isn’t economical. So geothermal power becomes the obvious and practical resource."
At the New Hampshire Tournament, a robot’s performance was judged in a 2-1/2 minute round to accomplish certain tasks on an 8-foot by 4-foot tabletop, maneuvering around obstacles and creating alliances with other teams for maximum performance. For Mission Mars, tasks included clearing dust from a solar panel, loading and launching a canister from a MAV launcher, connecting habitation modules, freeing a rover and moving ice cores to base.
Over the last six months, WGBH’s "Zoom" has documented the FLL program and entered a team in the New Hampshire tournament; the five-part series is set to air May 2004 as part of the popular education program.
Director’s Award (overall best performance based on five elements: robot design, robot performance score, research presentation, team work and FLL values)
First Place: Mindstorms Mayhem (Advisors Ken Streeter, Bill Gray and Christopher Jennings)
Second Place: The Flying Geeks
Team members are Dan Vaccaro, Cameron Fournier, C.T. Spaulding, Mike Hans, Rachel Bohanan, and Brian Gray. Advisor is Randy Bohanan
Technical innovative Design (most original approach to solving the challenge)
First Place: Team 50937
Team members are Alice Arsenault, Julia Coffin, Caleb McCandless, Heather Parker and Will Scheffer. Advisor is Mark Kritlow
Second Place: Twitching Martian Masters, Amherst Middle School, Amherst, N.H.
Team members are David Arsenault, William Carbery, Taylor George, Quinn Glover, Nicholas Murphy and Dennis Wilson. Advisors are Dennis Wilson and Joe George
Technical Robust Design (best mechanical design)
First Place: The Flying Geeks
Second Place: M.A.R.S. "The Virus", Amherst Middle School, Amherst, N.H.
Team members are Grant Davis, Jake Fiacco, Lizzy Fiacco, Kelsie Helberg, Sam Lowell, and Dustin Newhouse. Advisors are Mike and Vicki Fiacco
Technical Programming (program that best bridges the gap between robot hardware and team strategy)
First Place: Space Cowboys, Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School, Nashua, N.H.
Team members are Jeff Kelley, Brian Collette, Drew Garvey, Tom Indelicato, Vincent Cicchetti, Derek Huang, Matt Vegliante and Matt Fecteau. Advisors are Sue Kelley and Marray Collette
Second Place: The Munchkins, Community Team, Bedford and Jaffrey, N.H.
Team members are Spencer Frank, Peter Aiello, Stephanie Schaeberle, Alex Nolet, Eric Nolet and Roxanne Harmon. Advisors are Beatrice Schaeberle and Chris Nolet
Research Presentation (best reflects an understanding of the issues and scientific disciplines involved in the challenge theme)
First Place for quality research: Batteries No Included, Hudson Memorial School, Hudson, N.H.
Team members are Shawn Gould, Laura Gould, Daniel Holm, Jay Dupont, Bradley Poegel, Meghan O’Keefe and Michael O’Keefe. Advisors are Susan Gould and Ron Holm
Second Place: Martian Vipers, Community Team, Weare, N.H.
Names not available.
First Place for innovative solution: Red Ice, Hudson Memorial School, Hudson, N.H.
Team members are Joe Geoffray, Jim Hebert, Garrett Huang, Chris Melanson, Geoffrey Paguette and Brian Stewart. Advisors are Kevin Rochford, Mike Hebert, Dana Paguette, Renee Paguette, and Deb Warren
Second Place: Engine Ears, Londonderry Home School and Middle School, Londonderry, N.H.
Team members are Ryan Landry, Daniel Farris, Brendan Brown, Andrew Lee, Andrew Law, Joseph Lavalliere and Peter Landry. Advisor is Randall Landry
First Place for creative presentation: Tekno Devils, Fairgrounds Junior High School, Nashua, N.H.
Team members are Brian Pelletier, Nicole Gaudette, Sama Kadakia, Sesha Kadakia, Andrew Hugh, Dhishant Asorpota and Glenn Sweeney. Advisor is Skye Sweeney and Shefali Kadakia
Second Place: The Red Man Group, Hollis Brookline Middle School, Hollis, N.H.
Team members are Chris Clement, Jeff Hammond, Zack Metea, Matt Papineau, Marty Perkins, and Ryan Schwers. Advisors are Scott Papineau and Mark Metea
Teamwork (team that best demonstrates partnership, respect and problem solving skills with other teams)
First Place: Zoom (WGBH - Boston)
Team members are Mike, Shing Ying, Cara, Maya, Francesco, Kortney and Kyle. Advisor is Kristen Kelso
Second Place: The Pleiades, Dover, N.H.
Team members are Emily Balch, Gwen Milliman, Hannah Coon, Molly Hearn, Stephanie Broido, Suzanne Hearn amd Zoey Frocking.
Rookie Award (rookie team that best shows promise) went to Mars Pets, Amherst/Wilkins Elementary, Amherst, N.H.
Team members are Taylor Bardsley, Shelby Belak, Julie Harris, Samantha Jones, and Madison Thompson. Advisors are Peggy Harris and David Bardsley
Team Spirit Award (team that most enthusiastically demonstrates a commitment to the challenge) went to Liquid Fire, Auburn Village School, Auburn, N.H.
Team members are Kara DiNatale, John Grossmith, Ben Hart, Tommy McCarthy, Dillan Murray, Dan Pelletier, Tyler Pepin and Shayne Swart. Advisors are Jill Greely, Becki McCarthy and Eric Murray
Performance Award (highest scoring team robot in the tournament elimination round)
First Place: Robosquad, Embed, Inc., Groton/Dunstable, Ma.
Team members are John Cushion and Ari Lathrop. Advisor is O. Lathrop
Second Place: Spoink, Pennichuck Junior High, Pennichuck, Nashua, N.H.
Team members are John Close, Karrinda Deleija, Paul Duvall, Stephen Griffin, Chris Lamere, Daniel Miller, Ben Prichard, Brian Russo, Ryan Snyder and Alan Soto. Advisors are Paul Lamere, Laurie Conrad and Colette Valade
Third Place: Mindstorms Mayhem
Fourth Place: Flying Geeks
Judges Awards (recognizing remarkable achievements)
Against All Odds went to The Dumples, Mastricola Middle School, Merrimack, N.H. Team members are Erik Hamnquist, Gavin King, Michael Skarda, David Porbunderwala, Josh Moberger and Ken Aborn. Advisors are Fran Leach and Ross Martin
Gracious Professionalism went to Robo Hobos, St Catherine’s School, Manchester, N.H. Team members are Matthew Dumont, Alli Sarazen, Stephanie Demetry, Michael Lazas, Greg Denis and Lydia Denis. Advisors are Liz and John Demetry, and Paula and Fran Denis
Young Adult Coach/Mentor (high school or college student whose support and guidance best demonstrates FLL values and objectives) went to Kristen Kelso, Zoom
Adult Coach/Mentor (individual whose support and guidance best demonstrates FLL values and objectives) went to Steve George, Merrimack
Outstanding Volunteer went to Skye Sweeney, Nashua, for a variety of leadership roles and contributions to the local league effort. A long-time FLL volunteer, Sweeney wrote this year’s coach handbook, planned and led two local tournaments and contributed to the New Hampshire State tournament Web site.
BAE Systems, in partnership with the New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education, is this year’s tournament sponsor. The Nashua School District provided the facility support. This is the second annual New Hampshire State tournament.
Twenty-six judges, 13 referees, and more than 100 volunteers planned and executed the state tournament.
FIRST -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology -- designs accessible and innovative programs to build self-confident, knowledge and life skills, while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering.
FIRST sanctions two science competitions: the FIRST Robotics competition for high school students and the FIRST LEGO® League for middle and elementary school students. In the 2003-2004 season, more than 900 FIRST Robotics teams will participate in a total of 27 regional events, competing for a slot in the national championship event slated for May 2004. Teams are from almost every U.S. state, Canada, Brazil and Great Britain. For more information, visit the Web site at www.usfirst.org or for FLL, www.firstlegoleague.org. Information on the state tournament is found as www.iews.na.baeystems.com/lego.
About LEGO ®
LEGO® is a family business that started in 1932 by Ole Christiansen in Billund, Denmark. The name LEGO® combined the two Danish words "Leg Godt" ("play well" in English). Under the company motto "Only the best is good enough," the company has developed creative and learning-rich products which are distributed in more than 130 markets throughout the world.