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Weimar Hills robotics team does great at LEGOLAND

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BEBO, the Weimar Hills School?s robotics team, received the Programming Award at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) North American Open held May 18-20 at LEGOLAND San Diego. Team members Steven Parker, John Longtin, Nathan Barton, Nolan Thomas, Carson Buol ? coached by Eric Smith ? competed against 64 other finalist teams from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. BEBO also finished 11th in the robot performance portion of the competition. The Programming Award recognizes a team that utilizes outstanding programming principles, including clear, concise and reusable code that allows their robot to perform challenge missions autonomously and consistently. During the 2011-12 FLL robotics season, BEBO also won the first place Robot Performance Award at the Regional Qualifying Tournament in Granite Bay. This award recognizes a team that scores most in the robot game. They also took the first place Champions Award, which recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience by fully embracing the league?s core values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the robot game and the science research project. At the Northern California Capital District Championship Tournament, held at William Jessup University in Rocklin, BEBO was second place in the Champions Award. They also qualified to advance to the North American Open. The FLL league is part of the worldwide FIRST program, founded in 1989 to inspire young peoples? interest and participation in science and technology. The Weimar Hills Robotics Team has been competing in the FLL league since 2004, and the senior members of BEBO have been on the team for four years. Parker has been teaching and coaching youth robotics for eight years. This summer, he is running a robotics training center ?Smart Fingers Robotics? in Penryn, where students ages 9 to adult can attend workshops to learn LEGO robotics building and programming, participate in fun robotics challenges, and learn how to get involved in youth robotics programs. For more information, visit www.smartfingersrobotics.com. ? Staff report