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“Technowarriors” team from Coppell and Irving wins 1st Place Champion’s Award at 9th annual North Texas FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) Regional Championship Robotics Tournament


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Months exploring the fascinating world of animals pays off for the “TechnoWarriors” as they advance
to the World Festival in Houston April 19-22; “Robomonkeys” of Plano takes 2nd place and “Hockadaisies” takes 3rd

DALLAS (Feb. 8, 2017) After months of intense preparation for this season’s FLL robotics competition challenge “ANIMAL ALLIES,” nearly 600 North Texas youth came ready to compete at the ninth annual North Texas FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) Regional Championship Robotics Tournament held Feb. 4 at Parish Episcopal School and Community Center. Winning the 1st place Champion’s Award were the “TechnoWarriors” (with students from Coppell and Irving) who will advance to the World Festival in Houston on April 19-22. The 2nd place team – “The Robomonkeys” (with students from Plano and Dallas) – will also head to the World Festival. Taking 3rd place, the “Hockadaisies” (with students from The Hockaday School in Dallas) will head to the LEGOLAND® North American Open in Carlsbad, CA, May 19-21.

Both Champion’s Award teams were recognized for fully embracing the FLL Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in the robot game and project.

Produced by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and presented by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, and supported by Rockwell Collins and ExxonMobil, the FLL competition featured 60 teams of nearly 600 young “engineers in training” who presented research projects, teamwork skills and robot-design strategies. Teams also built and programmed an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS technology to score points in 2.5-minute “mission” matches on an animal-themed playing field.

“Lockheed Martin’s ongoing sponsorship of the North Texas FIRST LEGO® League tournament underscores our commitment to science, technology, engineering and math education for students in our region, and it helps us meet a critical need: keeping the engineering pipeline filled,” said Hannah Stone, manager of Community Relations for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Firing the imagination of students is the first step toward a rewarding engineering career, and, as we’ve seen over the years, this tournament stokes enthusiasm in a wonderful way.”

In 2008, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science became the affiliate and operational partner for the North Texas FLL region. The Museum coordinates and oversees all North Texas FLL events, the largest of which is the Regional Championship Tournament typically held in February. FLL continues to grow in North Texas, from 25 teams in 2008 to 391 teams registered for the 2016 season.

FIRST LEGO® League gives students a chance to think and act like scientists and engineers in training,” said Dan Kohl, the interim CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “The competitive, high-energy nature of this program not only inspires in a big way but serves as a gateway for young people to pursue exciting careers in science.”

The journey began in August 2016, when 3,900 North Texas students (and approximately 280,000 students worldwide) ages 9-14 received the “ANIMAL ALLIES” theme. They spent the next few months studying, dissecting and analyzing real-world challenges associated with animal and human relationships and coming up with innovative solutions using science and technology. After qualifying rounds took place in December and January, nearly 600 North Texas youth qualified for the regional tournament.   

Sponsors, supporters and exhibitors

The North Texas FLL Championship Robotics Tournament was produced by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, presented by Lockheed Martin and hosted by Parish Episcopal School and Community Center. Supporting sponsors were Rockwell Collins and ExxonMobil. Qualifier hosts were the Allen High School, Bethesda Christian Academy, Braswell High School, Burleson High School, Fellowship Christian Academy, Grand Saline High School, Grapevine Middle School, Nolan Catholic High School, The Parish Episcopal School, Plano Academy High School, UME Preparatory Academy and Wedgwood Middle School.

For more information on the North Texas FIRST LEGO® League (FLL), go to

About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The top cultural attraction in Dallas/Fort Worth and a Michelin Green Guide three-star destination, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. With a mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The 180,000-square-foot facility in Victory Park opened in December 2012 and is now recognized as the symbolic gateway to the Dallas Arts District. Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors of public space; a children’s museum; a state-of-the art traveling exhibition hall; and The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, the Victory Park museum has been lauded for its artistry and sustainability. To learn more, please visit

About FIRST. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, FIRST is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. FIRST is supported by a strong network of sponsors and volunteers. FIRST provides the FIRST Robotics Competition for high-school students and the FIRST LEGO® League for 9 to 14 year-olds. FIRST also offers the Junior FIRST LEGO® League for 6 to 9 year-olds and the FIRST Tech Challenge, a mid-level robotics competition that offers high-school students a more affordable and accessible opportunity to participate in FIRST. For more information, visit

About The LEGO® Group
. The LEGO® Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high quality, creatively educational play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: “Only the best is good enough.” For more information, visit

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