FIRST Lego League Challenge


Season begins August 1 and runs through January.  If interested in joining, contact coach Beth Davis (

3 Team Challenges: Robot Game, Innovation Project & Core Value Tasks

1. The Robot Game:

Robots are built to navigate, capture, transport, activate, or deliver objects on designated robot course. The goal is to complete as any Missions as possible within a short period of time. 


2. Innovation Project:

The theme for the innovation project changes every year and are designed to address problems our communities face.  The goal is to get students thinking about these issues and potential solutions.   Given the team’s location on the east coast and Hurricane Alley, they have previously looked into solutions storm damage on home structures.  The team gives a  5 minute presentation to judges during competitions.

Warming up for the Innovation Presentation

3. Core Values:

These Core Values are the cornerstones of the FLL program.  By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that they can compete and cooperate at the same time. The Mages have been recognized with the Core Value Teamwork Award at the State Lego Robotics Competition at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

The 6 Core Values:
Discovery: Exploring new ideas
Innovation: Creativity and persistence to solve problems
Inclusion: Respecting and embracing our differences
Teamwork: Stronger together
Impact: Improving our world
Fun: Enjoying & celebrating what we do!

Accepting the Teamwork Award at States

Reviewing building practices for homes by the shore.
Eric Jabaley, AIA LEED-AP
Dogwood Architecture

Working on the sensor concept.
Dan Ogorchock
IT Control Systems Tech Mgr, Corning
Co-developer, OmniThing Arduino integration for the
Hubitat home automation system

Sam (Head Ref) with last minute recommendations

The States Lego Robotic Arena

Post-Competition Electric Slide at Smithfield-Selma high School

Pre-Competition Strategy

Meeting with the Judges.

Working on Code

A Big Thanks to our Mentor-Assistants  .

They are volunteers from our robotics team (Wired Wizards), help at each meeting, ref at competitions and assist with team functions.


Making Team Buttons

Volunteer Referees at Competition

Frequently Asked Questions:  .

FIRST is an international robotics league with competitions for students of all ages.   Think of FIRST as the “NCAA of youth robotics”.  FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”. 

A maximum of 8 middle-school students.

The season runs from early August until the following January. If interested in this team, contact coach Beth Davis ( in June.

Once a week initially, and then twice-weekly beginning in October until the regional competition in November. Practices usually run for two hours.

None, other than the expense of travel.

We are continuing to adapt to the COVID situation.  We follow county and state recommendations regarding COVID mitigation.