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CRI LEGO Team Earns Second

The LEGO Robotics team from Cedar Ridge Intermediate won second place Champion’s Award among 36 teams competing at the First Lego Championships in Fayetteville on January 21. The team qualified in December at the regional contest to advance to the championship round.

First LEGO League teams apply science, engineering and math concepts to develop solutions to real-world challenges. Teams are comprised of up to 10 members (grades 4-6) guided by two or more coaches. Teams research a real-world problem and are challenged to develop a solution. They must design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS and then compete on a table-top playing field. The topic of this competition was Animal Allies: What might become possible when we learn to help each other?

The Cedar Ridge team developed an innovative project to teach people that snakes are our allies. They developed and presented to the public an education program about snakes, created an original website to inform people about the value of snakes, and created two, do-it-yourself kits and videos to help people keep snakes where they want (or don't want) them on their property. You can view their project at

Cedar Ridge Intermediate Team members include: Annika Arjes, Abby Ashbaugh, Ivan Avellanosa, Elizabeth Barnes, Parker Garrison, Andrew Makuch, Ben Mathews, Madison Michel, Cooper Sutton and Ethan Wolfe. They are coached by Cynthia Matzat, Amy Vejraska, Nick Crabtree and Tyler Prochazka.