BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The BRainy Bots team from William Annin Middle School won a Champion's Award when the team participated in the First Lego League Qualifying Tournament held on Sunday, Nov. 20, at Mount Olive High School in Flanders.   

The BRainy Bots team won the Champion's Award during the qualifying tournament which recognized the team that achieved excellence performance in Robot Design, Core Values and Project.  

Team advancing to state tournament

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The team now advances to North Jersey First Lego League State Tournament to be held on Saturday Dec. 10.

First Lego League encompasses innovation, imagination, creative thinking, and teamwork using STEM concepts. The team must solve a challenge problem and develop a creative solution to present to judges.

The William Annin team worked on Robot Design project using LEGO Mindstorms robot to complete exciting missions. Besides working with robots, First Lego League also promotes teamwork and friendly competition in their Core Values. Lastly, this year project challenge is Animal Allies: how people and animals could become allies to make life better for everyone. 

Project: making local roads safer for deer and drivers 

The BRainy Bots team members researched and worked on the "Deer Roadkill" problem that they see in their own community. The team created an innovative solution to make roads safer for deer and drivers.  The boys interviewed Bernards Township Police Lt. Scott Ward on the Deer Roadkill problem in Bernards Township, and then presented their solution.  

During the tournament, the judges were impressed by the team's Deer Protection System (DPS) innovative solution, which was nicely presented with a working prototype. In addition to the Deer Roadkill problem, BRainy Bots visited the Raptor Trust, a non-profit wild bird rehabilitation center located in Millington. 

The boys were fascinated by the raptors and birds, and by the mission of the organization to preserve and maintain the well-being of wild birds. The team decided to produce an informational video to promote this organization.  

The Raptor Trust posted the informational video at their Facebook page, and in less than one week, there were more than 1,700 views. The team offers special thanks to Chris Soucy, the Raptor Trust Executive Director, and Lieutenant Scott Ward for all their time and effort.

Bernards Township Public School District have been promoting STEM programs in the last few years, and First Lego League (Grade 4-8) is a magnificent and challenging program to be explored by children with an inquisitive and creative mind, according to the team leaders

All coaches, mentors, and parents are very proud of this group of hard working middle school students who continue to impress their coaches and mentors with their innovative and creative ideas.

Congratulations to the BRainy Bots team on your well deserved Champion's Award!

To learn more about First Lego League, visit their website

To learn more about the Raptor Trust, visit our informational video: