Wiredcats Green was one of four teams that qualified for the NCFLL State Championship tournament in Greensboro on February 3. Wiredcats Green also won the prestigious 1st Place Champions Award. This is the award for best overall team of the sixteen teams in the tournament. According to the FIRST website, the Champion’s Award recognizes a team that “embodies the FIRST LEGO League experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.” The Green team's research project features robotically adjustable liquid lens glasses that automatically adjust to accommodate changes in an astronaut's astigmatism due to pressure on the rear of the eyes which occurs during long periods in zero gravity.
Wiredcats Blue was named as one of two alternates for the NCFLL State Championship tournament. Wiredcats Blue won the 1st Place Innovative Solution Award for their research project on a suit for astronauts that helps prevent muscle atrophy and bone loss caused by extended periods of time in zero gravity.
Faculty members Mr. John Bell (head coach), Mrs. Chelsea Haigwood and Mrs. Katie Howard, as well as SPCS parents Mr. Kevin Pandya and Mr. Bernardo Saucedo, worked together to coach our teams on tournament day. The parents of our team members performed various supportive duties throughout the day and and were instrumental in making this a positive experience for our students.