UCS teams earn top honors at annual ThunderQuest
UCS teams earn top honors at annual ThunderQuest
Posted on 11/16/2017
Students reacting to Lego Robot performing task

Utica Community Schools teams continued to bring the Thunder at an annual Lego Robotics tournament.

Five UCS teams are among only eight teams that qualified for state Lego League competition after earning top honors at the annual UCS ThunderQuest competition.

Teams from Roberts, Browning and Morgan Elementary Schools and two teams Switzer Elementary School have qualified for the Michigan FIRST Lego League competition next month.  

The UCS ThunderQuest, held November 11 at Henry Ford II High School, is Michigan’s largest regional Lego Robotics competition.

FIRST LEGO Robotics introduces younger students (ages 9-14) to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

Students also compete in teamwork competitions and a display of a project that describes their solution for issues identified through the national hydro dynamics challenge.

In addition to earning entry into the state competition, UCS schools earned 12 first and second place honors in the competition.

Honors earned by UCS teams include:

  • Mechanical Design – First Place for Beck Elementary and Second Place for Duncan Elementary

  • Strategy and Innovation – First Place for Morgan Elementary and Second Place for Beck Elementary

  • Research – First Place for Roberts Elementary and Secondary Place for Switzer Elementary

  • Innovative Solution – Second Place for Switzer Elementary

  • Presentation – First Place for Switzer Elementary and Second Place for Duncan Elementary

  • Teamwork – First Place for Browning Elementary

  • Gracious Professionalism – Second Place for Beck Elementary

  • Team Spirit – First Place for Roberts Elementary

ThunderQuest is sponsored by the UCS ThunderChickens – a high school FIRST robotics team and former international tournament winner.

Paul Kent, a member of the ThunderChickens, earned the outstanding volunteer award for serving as emcee for the tournament.