FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 2, 2023) — The Edison and Ford Winter Estates’ FIRST LEGO League robotics team, “Assembly Required,” competed in the West Florida Regional Championship on February 18 in Tampa and won the Top Robot Performance Award and the Championship Award.
The team consists of nine students in sixth through ninth grade from six different schools. They will compete at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival in Houston, Texas from April 19 to 22. The teams’ coach, Shelby Baucom, received the Coach and Mentor Award. The head coach, Pearce Augustenborg, won the same award last year.
“The team has had great success, despite some challenges at the beginning of the school year,” said Pearce Augustenborg, Education Coordinator at Edison and Ford Winter Estates. “Five of the students were new to the team this year, and then Hurricane Ian disrupted practice for an entire month.”
With the growing interest in robotics, a second team, “Batteries Included,” was added this year. This team also competed at the Regional Championship and won the Robot Design Finalist Award and a bid to the state tournament.
To help fund the trip to Texas, Edison and Ford Winter Estates is accepting donations. To donate today, visit EdisonFord.org and select the education option on the donate page, or call 239-334-7419. The robotics program is currently sponsored by Ronin Riding Club of SWFL, the Scientists’ Society of Southwest Florida and TLC Engineering Solutions.