Congratulations to Lord of the Bricks FTC Team 7039 on advancing to Virginia State Championships!

06 Feb 2018 9:16 AM | Shari (Administrator)

Congratulations to Lord of the Bricks FIRST Tech Challenge Team 7039 for competing admirably, and with much gracious professionalism this past weekend at the Eastern Virginia FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier at Heritage High School in Newport News, VA! 

The team advanced to the Virginia State Championships as the 2nd place winner of the Inspire Award, which is given to the Team that embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The Team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST Team. This Team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. 

In addition to winning this coveted award, Team 7039 also received 3rd place Design Award, 2nd place Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, and 3rd place Think award.  These awards celebrate the innovation and creativeness displayed by the team, the team's ability to remove obstacles through creative thinking, and it's ability to bring great ideas from concept to reality.

The team previously competed in the Shenandoah Qualifier, bringing home both 1st place Motivate and 3rd place Think awards.  This win marks the Team's 6th year advancing to the State Championships, offering The Bricks the opportunity to East Super-Regional Championships for the 3rd time in the Team's history.  Lord of the Bricks is the ONLY Richmond-area team to have ever competed in the East Super-Regional Championships. 

Lord of the Bricks is supported by Pierian Spring Foundation, Inc /Homeschool Resources Group (www.homeschoolresourcesgroup.org), a non-profit organization based in Mechanicsville, VA, with a focus on family education and STEM.

With FIRST Tech Challenge, middle and high school student teams design, build, and program robots to meet a complex engineering challenge, then compete head-to-head against other teams in a high-tech sporting event. With the guidance of adult coaches and mentors, teams build their robots and develop a playing strategy, which includes forming alliances with other teams. Teams earn awards for robot design, creativity, documentation, community outreach, “gracious professionalism” and competition on the field.

Our students:

  • Design, build, and program working robots based on sound engineering principles
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • May earn a place in the East Super-Regional and World Championships
  • Can qualify for over $50 million in college scholarships

Join Lord of the Bricks, along with more than 50 of the top High School and Middle School robotics teams from Virginia and Maryland, as they compete to win a place at the FIRST Tech Challenge East Super-Regional in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  State Championships are held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at St. Christopher's School's Bolling Field House, 711 St Christopher's Rd, Richmond, VA 23226 from 7am to 5:30pm, with best viewing after lunch.

For more information on FIRST, visit www.firstinspires.org or www.firstchesapeake.org.

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