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PCMS 7th Grade Delta Students Go Further "Into Orbit"

Orbit Gang around robot challenge table PCMS 7TH GRADE DELTA GOES FURTHER INTO ORBIT

Two groups of seventh grade Delta (gifted) students from PCR-3’s Barry School and Platte City Middle School (PCMS) were among 46 top teams that qualified to compete in First LEGO League’s Kansas City Championship Tournament, January 26, at Metropolitan Community College’s Business and Technology campus. This year’s challenge, entitled “Into Orbit,” asks teams to identify a human physical or social problem faced during long duration space exploration and propose a solution, as well as build, test, and program an autonomous LEGO Mindstorms robot to perform a set of missions in the Robot Game.


The group from PCMS, the “Orbit Gang,” brought home not one, but two trophies: the “Innovative Solution Award” and the “Global Innovation Award” for their research-based project that proposes using edible food packaging to reduce waste in space. As a Global Innovation award winner, the team is eligible to submit their project for qualification to this year’s World Championship in Houston, Texas in April 2019.


Orbit Gang Team Members of the Orbit Gang include: Alex Beeman, Addison Bradley, Sophia Bramble, Daniel Bunge, Caden Hulett, Elijah May, Quentin Miller, Zane Miller, and Avery Walter. PCR-3’s Delta teachers are Jill Marriott (PCMS) and Lisa Thomsen (Barry School).


The team looks forward to getting back to work this week on submitting their solution. 


“I am so proud of the students for winning two awards at the FLL KC Regional Championship Tournament,” Mrs. Marriott shared. “They have spent countless hours improving their robot missions, attachments, research and creative design solution. This is the best example of what a team can accomplish when they complement each other's strengths.” 


This semester-long project for PCR-3’s Delta students has emphasized discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork, and fun.