Windsor students take first

Published 9:52 am Friday, December 16, 2011

Windsor Middle School students who took first in the Core Values of a FIRST LEGO competition in Norfolk are, from left in front, Trey King, Luke Denocourt, James Denocourt, Victoria Adams and Josiah Wallenbeck; and in back, Allie Daniel, Nate Dent, Garrett Pease, McKenna Noia and teacher Jill Mizelle. SUBMITTED

WINDSOR—A Windsor Middle School team took first in the Core Values portion of the Norfolk Regional Competition for the VA/DC FIRST LEGO League.

The Windsor team took the title for its teamwork and building the tallest house of cards among 16 teams.

Windsor team members were Nathaniel Dent, Matthew St. Peter, Luke Denocourt, James Denocourt, Victoria Adams, McKenna Noia, Allie Daniel, Josiah Wallenbeck, Ronald “Trey” King and Garrett Pease.

Held on Nov. 12 at Campostella Elementary School, the team also competed in Robot Performance, Robot Design and Project Research.

“The robot performed well during our competitions, and the Robot Design and Project Research presentations went well, also,” said Jill Mizelle, technology and engineering education teacher for the school.

In the Core Values competition, the students had to build a house of cards. While construction of the house was important, the judges were more concerned with their teamwork and problem-solving skills, Mizelle said.

“The judges were interested in seeing how the students worked together to begin and complete the task and noticed the conversations that were taking place during the event,” she said. “The students dedicated their time and energy to the FIRST LEGO League competition from the beginning of the school year and now have a trophy and the satisfaction of knowing that they did their best.”

Students in the spring will have the opportunity to compete at non-sanctioned contests. This will allow more students to learn the LEGO robot process of design and programming.