Lakeville Area Students Earn Awards for Robotics


Lakeville Area Schools robotics teams collected numerous awards during the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics tournaments held Nov. 17-18 at Lakeville South High School.

This is the second year Lakeville Robotics and Lakeville Area Schools robotics teams have hosted a tournament at Lakeville South High School, and Lakeville Robotics president and FIRST LEGO League coordinator Maureen Carrigan counts the tournament a success. She says it’s thanks in large part to the crucial role played by the students, parents and members of the Lakeville Area Schools robotics teams, National Honor Society chapters and AVID program who volunteered their time and talents during the competition.

Carrigan says robotics programs in Lakeville Area Schools are currently experiencing a growth spurt. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for grades 4-8 for was the first program to really take root in the schools in 2011, co-coached by Carrigan and then-gifted coordinator Holly Traub through the District’s Ignite! program. Then in 2013, FLL was taken up by Lakeville Area Community Education.


Growing Interest in Robotics

Lakeville Area Schools has consistently fielded 10-13 FIRST LEGO League teams per year, with an increasing number of kids and parents looking for opportunities in robotics and generating a demand for FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) in the schools. More recently, Lakeville Robotics has had inquiries about starting a Junior FIRST LEGO League program for students in kindergarten to grade 3. 

In total, 28 FIRST LEGO League and 56 FIRST Tech Challenge teams – more than 780 Minnesota students grades 4-12 – participated in the two-day event, including six Lakeville Area FIRST LEGO League teams and two FIRST Tech Challenge teams. For more information or to get involved in robotics in Lakeville Area Schools, check out the Lakeville Robotics website or contact Maureen Carrigan at



AwardsFIRST ProgramsAcknowledgments

Lakeville Area FIRST LEGO League teams won six of the nine awards given out Nov. 17.

  •  Core Values Award  
    Team #18502 UniGears
  •  Programming Award  
    Team #24298 Powerful Programming Puppies 
  •  Robot Design Award  
    Team #30755 Lakeville’s Legendary Dragons 
  •  Research Project Award  
    Team #39199 Martian-Mallows
  •  Robot Performance Award  
    Team #39199 Martian-Mallows
  •  Head to Head competition (second place)  
    Team #39199 Martian-Mallows


The Powerful Programming Puppies and the Martian-Mallows both advanced to Sectional competition in January. Lakeville FTC Team #13603 Hacker Cats was a finalist for the Connect award, which is given to the team that best connects with their local STEM community. 


FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) are two of three FIRST programs currently available for kids grades 4-12 in Lakeville Area Schools:


 Grades 4-8 

Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design.

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FIRST Tech Challenge

 Grades 7-12 

Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations.

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FIRST Robotics

 Grades 9-12 

High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed.

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FIRST, an acronym of “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is an international non-profit youth organization that operates a variety of competitions aimed at inspiring students in engineering and technology fields.


Thank you!

Lakeville Robotics and ISD194 robotics teams would like to thank Lakeville Robotics Platinum Sponsors Bruce Maeda for photographing the tournament action, Buffalo Wild Wings for feeding volunteers and RFA Engineering and BTD for their financial support of Lakeville Robotics teams.

We would also like to thank Silver Sponsors – Arnold Orthodontics, Lakeville Knights of Columbus Council #8367 and Walser Automotive – and Key Service Providers Caribou Coffee, Cornerstone Copy, Costco, CUB Foods, Culver’s, Kwik Trip, Starbucks, Target and The Home Depot.

We are grateful for your support of FIRST robotics programs in Lakeville Area Schools.




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