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Supercharged Eddy Currents place third in state

12/13/2016 - 1pm
Eddy Currents finish third at Flint from 50 teams

After qualifying for the state championship Nov. 19 in Stevensville, the Eddy Currents 2.0 FIRST LEGO League robotics team knew it had to up its game.

The team worked very hard for three weeks preparing for the championship, improving every aspect of its presentations and robot performance. This included reprogramming every robot mission to make it more consistent.

They felt confident going into the state championship but knew they would be competing against 49 of the best teams in the state.

The Eddy Currents traveled to Flint Dec. 9 for the championship and rose to the occasion. Their first robot performance match landed them a score of 227, which would remain the second-highest score throughout the day.

For this, they were awarded the “Robot Performance Award” trophy. The boys also presented in front of three different judging panels, performing very well across the board. All considered, the day ended with being awarded the “Champion’s Award” trophy for finishing third overall. The coaches and parents couldn’t be prouder of the boys’ hard work, determination, dedication and accomplishments this season.

The Eddy Currents are coached/mentored by Andrew Dohm, Professor of Math and Science and STEM Advisor at Southwestern Michigan College as well as Nichole Dohm and Deb Kraska, both teachers at Edwardsburg Public Schools.

Eddies Key Lock Storage and the SMC STEM Club sponsored the team.