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Central Park's "Cats Love Mars" Captures 3 Awards at the Silicon Valley FLL Robotics Championship!
Posted 2/20/19

4th and 5th grade Chameleons named team "Cats Love Mars" traveled to Fremont High School in Sunnyvale on Sunday, February 17th for the Silicon Valley FIRST LEGO League Robotics Championship.


Going head-to-head with 35 other teams (mostly middle school-age teams), Central Park emerged victorious with the FLL Mechnical Design Award, Kids Choice Best Costume Award and Kids Choice Best Giveaway Award.


Cats Love Mars


The FIRST LEGO League Mechanical Design Award recognizes a team that designs and develops a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions. Team Cats Love Mars spent the past year incorporating the Pythagorean Theorem into their robot design to make strong triangular support for attachment frames. This season our Chameleons explored pneumatic systems integrating trigger/release mechanisms and timed clock triggers. The team developed fast attachment switching using dog gear and knob wheel meshing systems that leveraged gravity. They also developed strong frames with rectangular components.


In FIRST LEGO League young innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. FLL focuses on solving real-world problems and more using STEM concepts, plus a big dose of fun. Teams design, build, and program a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot, then compete on a themed table-top playing field. Students develop critical-thinking and team-building skills, build STEM self-confidence, and gain valuable perspective on the importance of failure in the learning process.


"Cats Love Mars" is one of the many teams in the Central Park STEAM Robotics Team, a 501.3c non-profit booster club at Central Park Elementary founded and run by volunteer parents.