Green Mountain Gears team members sport their “Judges Award” medals. L- R: Top row, Damon, Ethan, Myles, Andrew; bottom: Kenny, Patrick, Luke, Vihit.

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Thursday January 16, 2014

Judges from the 14th Annual New Hampshire/Vermont Championships awarded the Green Mountain Gears with the “Judges Award” for the team’s exemplification of the core values of First Lego League (FLL), such as constructive and positive interactions with team mates. The “Judges Award” was based on the impression the team made on the judges during the Core Values event, where the team built a raft from tape and straws that would float on water. More than 50 teams from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine traveled to Nashua to participate in the Championships.

The team made a point of staying loose by dancing between events and by working together to solve problems “on the fly”. For example, Damon Strempek modified one of the robot arms for the Robot Game. Luke Fitzgerald modified programs to better direct the autonomous robot for the Robot Game. Ethan Behr wrote a program to play Andrew Kim’s original composition, Nature’s Fury, on the robot during the Robot Design Competition. Kenny Chamberlain, Myles Peterson and Patrick Sweeny responded to encouragement from their team and projected their voices in the Project Presentation.

Based in South Burlington, the Green Mountain Gears earned their invitation at the Norwich Qualifier, where the team finished second. During the three weeks between events, the team met regularly to modify their robot design to use three different sensors on the robot game. 

Anyone interested in learning more about FLL should contact the team’s coach, Paul Fitzgerald, at

SOURCE: Paul Fitzgerald, Guest Contributor