Killip Elementary School among the winners at a recent robotics gathering, which hosted robotics teams from as far away as Hong Kong, here in Flagstaff. 

Northern Arizona University's Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL), along with many Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) partners, hosted the Lunar Legacy Invitational Robotics Challenges on July 19 and 20.

Robotics teams from all over the world participated in the three challenges. Each challenge required their robots to perform certain tasks with successful precision and accuracy.

In the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student (ANGLeS) challenge the winning team was from Killip Elementary here in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Middle School and high school teams competed for one Grand prize position: though the Sinica High School team was very close in points the Flagstaff Killip team won the prize.

By winning the ANGLeS Challenge, the team has the opportunity to take an all-expenses-paid trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

The CSTL is committed to impacting the lives of students by supporting the development of the best possible science and mathematics teachers, while elevating the capacity of practicing teachers. CSTL teams do significant outreach, research, evaluation, and academic efforts for STEM education, and this collaborative event is only one recent example.

This year brought many enthusiastic students together from around the world, coming from Hong Kong to our local Flagstaff schools.

Hanna H. from Vail, AZ shared that what she loved most about robotics.

“Being able to overcome the challenges as a team, working together. Also that feeling of excitement when you finally get it,” she said. 

Another participant of the Robotics Challenges, Mackenzie M. from Thatcher, AZ, shared that when she grows up she wants to be “…a programmer, or a rocket scientist, or a vet.”

The CSTL would like to thank the many volunteers, partners, contributors and competitors for helping make this exciting event the success it was!

More information can be found at nau.edu/cstl/robotics.

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