kids watch their robot in action
No Fear team members from North Ridge Magnet School put their robot to work. Image credit: NASA/JPL
Two Southern California schools -- Glendale's Roosevelt Middle School and Reseda's Shirley Avenue Elementary School -- captured top honors at a Lego robotics competition sponsored by JPL on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The winning schools were two of 12 schools that participated in the second annual Southern California NASA Explorer Schools Robotics Competition, held at JPL's von Karman auditorium. JPL is the local NASA partner for 25 schools in Southern California.

The school teams spent months creating small, software-enabled Lego robots for this contest, which encourages students to study math, science, technology and engineering. Students could not use remote controls and had to pre-program their robots to navigate an obstacle course and perform tasks such as retrieving simulated planetary mineral formations -- all within two minutes.

The winning teams:

Elementary Division

First Place: Pirate Tigers
Shirley Avenue Elementary School, Reseda

Second Place: No Fear
North Ridge Magnet School, Moreno Valley

Third Place: Nightmares
Lakeview Elementary School, Huntington Beach

Middel/High School Division

First Place: Robotic Roughriders
Roosevelt Middle School, Glendale

Second Place: Tinkerbots
Kranz Intermediate School, El Monte

Third Place: Terrabytes II
Village Academy High School, Pomona

Other Awards

Robot Design: Las Bellas team
Joyner Elementary School, Los Angeles

Ingenuity: Robotic Roughriders team
Roosevelt Middle School, Glendale

Good Neighbor: Nightmares and Spikers teams
Lake View Elementary School, Huntington Beach

Against All Odds: Robotic Tigers team
Johnson Magnet School, San Diego

Against All Odds: Cybernetic Minds
Jack Weaver School, Murietta

Phoenix: Scorpions and Pirate Tigers teams
Shirley Avenue Elementary School, Reseda

News Media Contact

Media contact: Rhea Borja/JPL