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St. Mary ‘Brainiacs’ move to regional level of learning competition

by Jeanette Benson, for the Inland Register

(From the December 18, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

St. Mary School in Spokane Valley has a Robotics Club with two teams: Lords of the Legos and Brainiac Beauties. Both teams competed Dec. 6 and the “Brainiac Beauties” qualified as one of the ACE (Advancing to Championship Event) teams. As a qualifier, they are now invited to attend the Eastern Washington Championships to be held next Jan. 17. Pictured, from left, are team members Hannah, Joselyn, Natalie, Mary, Gabrielle, Grayce, and Olivia. (IR photo courtesy of St. Mary School)

On Saturday, Dec. 6, two teams from St. Mary School, Spokane Valley, competed in the local First Lego League (FLL) Competition at Glover Middle School. This competition is sponsored by Lego and other organizations.

The boys’ team is called “Lords of the Legos” and the girls are the “Brainiac Beauties.” Each team has been working on strategy, marketing, programming, and research for their topics since early September. The main question: “What is the future of learning?”

FIRST® LEGO® League teams presented their answers on Dec. 6 through the design of web sites they developed after doing thorough research on their topics.

The Brainiac Beauties presented their answers to learning by teaching how to take care of pets. Lords of the Legos chose to teach about learning a new language.

The Brainiac Beauties were one of 12 teams (out of 40) who now will move on to the Eastern Washington State Championship at Central Washington University on Jan. 17.

In the 2014 FLL WORLD CLASS? Challenge, over 265,000 children from 80 countries redesign how knowledge and skills are gathered in the 21st century. The teams had to teach adults (judges) how they want to learn. They competed in challenges that included the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Each team of children, from grades 4-8, with at least one adult, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (the Robot Game) and developing a solution to a problem they have identified (the Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values.

Drew Rosenberg brought the FLL program to St. Mary School three years ago. This year he had help from Steve Davidow. While the two helped with both teams, officially, Rosenberg is the coach for Lords of the Legos, and Davidow coaches the Brainiac Beauties.

Lords of the Legos Team Members include Henry Bacon, Daniel Chilimidos, Lance Harvey, Riley Schlomer, Antonio Solorio, Noah Thomas and Lucas Witherow.

Brainiac Beauties team members are Gabrielle Benson, Joselyn Clark, Mary Davidow, Sylvia Davidow, Grayce Lane, Hannah Mostek, Natalie Perrier and Olivia Rosenberg.

Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles that naturally come from participating in the program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.”

Check out the Websites designed by the St. Mary teams: and

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