Local Students To Apply Research and Robotics In FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge

Area students, ages 9 to 15, are among over 255,000 students from around the world who have risen to the 2016 FIRST LEGO League Animal Allies Challenge. To successfully complete the Challenge, students working in teams must conduct research and build and program a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot to explore one of the most relevant topics facing the world today - animals. Through hands-on experience, students have a chance to explore a real-world issue to gain an appreciation for and interest in science and technology, and they are empowered to make their innovative solutions a reality.

WHAT: Students from Okaloosa County to Leon County will go head to head, putting 16 weeks of research, design, and programming to the test in a regional Championship Tournament to win honors and recognition. 237 students on 16 teams advanced to this stage from our 3 Qualifying tournaments in the region. The sixteen teams from Okaloosa County are:

Team #

Team Name



STEMM Stingers

Okaloosa STEMM Academy



Okaloosa STEMM Academy


Rockin Robots

Bob Sikes Elementary School



Davidson Middle School


DMS Bricklayers

Davidson Middle School



James E Plew Elementary School


LEGO Legends

Shoal River Middle School


Mighty Mob of Mustangs

Shoal River Middle School


WHEN:  18 February 2017 from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

  • Opening Ceremony at 9:00 am
  • Championship Tournament from 9:30 to 3:00 pm
  • Awards Ceremony at 4:00 pm

WHO: Hosted by Doolittle Institute, 73 Eglin Pkwy NE, Suite 112, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

WHERE: Northwest Florida State College, Student Services Center, Bldg. 400, Niceville, FL

WEBSITE:  Go to for more information on robotics events in the Florida Panhandle.

*Access to and interviews with students, teachers, coaches, mentors and local sponsors available upon request.

About FIRST® 

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $30 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

About THE LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family, who founded it in 1932. The LEGO Group is engaged in the development of children's creativity through playing and learning. Based on the world-famous LEGO® brick, the company today provides toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit

FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge, Coopertition®, and Gracious Professionalism® are trademarks of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). LEGO® and MINDSTORMS® are registered trademarks of the LEGO Group. FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., and ANIMAL ALLIES, held trademarks of FIRST and the LEGO Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2016 FIRST. All rights reserved. To learn more about FIRST, go to


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