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Polar Plungers roll past competition

The Polar Plungers, from Liberty Ridge and Royal Oaks elementary schools, received the Judges' Award at the Division 1 FIRST Lego League competition on Jan. 24 at the University of Minnesota. Staff photo by Amber Kispert

The Polar Plungers, a group of five third-graders from Liberty Ridge and Royal Oaks elementary schools, have rolled past the competition with their robot "Mr. Roboto" at the FIRST Lego League State Championship on Jan. 24 and Jan 25 when they received the State Division 1 Judges' Award. The competition was held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center at the University of Minnesota.

The Polar Plungers weren't the only Woodbury kids to make it to the state championship. They were joined by five other teams, from Liberty Ridge, Lake Junior High and the Math and Science Academy.

The Flying Pigs of MSA received a Division 2 Sportsmanship Award.

FIRST Lego League is a national organization which sees students competing in the design and demonstration of functioning robots. Each year the robots must perform a different mission. This year the robot performed snow removal tasks.

Each team must also give a presentation of what they have learned about their assigned environmental theme. This year's overall theme was climate connections, discovering the links between science, people, resources and communities.

The two winning teams, from St. Peter Recreation and the Deerfield Institute of Technology, will compete in the national competitions in Ohio and Atlanta.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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