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Southern Tier Lego League Tournament 2018 Awards & Advancements

The Ellicottville Fuzzy Logic Team was an ACE Award winner (above) as well as a Judge’s Award winner (below).

The Fillmore Big Dippers Team won an ACE Award (above) and a Project Award (below).

The Wellsville Lego League Team won an ACE Award (above) and a Core Values Award (below).

The Bolivar-Richburg 1 Team earned a Bernice Pierson Award (award).

The Ellicotville Disco Brick Team captured a first place Champion’s Award (above) as well as a second place Robot Performance Award (below).

The Whitesville Stellar Odyssey Team earned a second place Champion’s Award (above) and took first place in Robot Performance (below).

Chris Collins (at center of Fillmore teams) won a Mentor Award.  He is a Fillmore alum, in his twenties now.  Here's the nomination submitted by Fillmore Coach Jen Wolfer . . .

"In 2004, a group of seventh graders from Fillmore Central School took on a brand new challenge that few in our area had heard about.  They began learning about programming and participated in the No Limits challenge.  They were 1 of 4 teams that showed up at RIT to compete that first year.  It was an "exhibition" year to get FIRST Robotics off the ground in the Rochester area.   Well, now 14 years later, one of the students from our very first team in this entire region, is back.  He returns as an aeronautical engineer and a hero, as he is headed to the air force in January to be a pilot.  But before he leaves to serve our country, he returned to Fillmore Central School robotics to mentor our teams this year.  He has also served the Belfast teams as a resource.  He has been an incredible mentor, not just in regards to robots and space, but as an incredible person who inspires our team.  As his former teacher and coach, I call him Chris, but our kids have a much better name for him.  They call him hero.  Thanks Chris, I mean hero, for all you have poured into these kids this year.  We will miss you when you fly on, but we will always appreciate how you have inspired these kids."

The Fillmore teams came up to present the certificate to him.


The Robot Design & ACE Award went to the Ellicottville Galilego Team.

Southern Tier Lego League Tournament Set for November 17 at Houghton College

Teams have been hard at work since the school year began to prepare for the largest ever Southern Tier Lego League Tournament.  The event will be held at Houghton College on Saturday, November 17.  The program -- sponsored by Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES -- continues to grow by leaps and bounds in the CABOCES region.  A total of 23 teams from 12 different school districts are set to participate in this year’s FIRST Lego League robotics tournament series.  Congratulations to Belfast, Bolivar-Richburg, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Cuba-Rushford, Ellicottville, Fillmore, Friendship, Genesee Valley, Pioneer, Wellsville, West Valley, and Whitesville teams for accepting the challenge to gather a crew and explore, learn, and innovate in the demanding expanse called space.

First Lego League, a world-wide robotics program, was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in Science and Technology.  Each year a new challenge is designed to motivate kids to get excited about research, engineering, math and problem solving, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.  To learn about this year’s challenge, Into Orbit, go to:

The Reinhold Campus Center Lounge in the Student Union at Houghton College is the place to be to see over 200 students aged 9-14 – as well as their coaches, families, and more than three dozen volunteers -- discover innovative ways to explore robotics while having fun!  Spectators are invited to come cheer on all the teams who have accepted the Into Orbit challenge.

At the Closing Ceremony, six teams will be announced to advance to the Championship Tournament at the University of Rochester on Sunday, December 9.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at 12:15 p.m., and competition will commence at 12:30 p.m.  The Alliance Round and Dance Party begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Awards Presentations and Closing Ceremony at 4:15 p.m.  Times are approximate and subject to change.

For GPS purposes, use Houghton College, 1 Willard Avenue, Houghton College, Houghton, New York 14744.  Once on campus, watch for Lego League signs.  Parking is available in the Gillette and Gym parking lots.

Call BOCES Student Programs at 716-376-8323 or email Jean Oliverio at for more information.  We're looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, November 17.  Thanks for supporting the Southern Tier Lego League teams!