Jefferson Middle School Sends Robotics Team to FLL World Finals

The Master Builders—a robotics team from Jefferson Middle School, Oak Ridge, Tenn.—will compete at the FIRST LEGO League world finals after taking top honors at the East Tennessee FLL Robotics Championship in Cookeville, Tenn., of which TVA is one of the co-sponsors along with Oak Ridge National Laboratories and Tennessee Tech University.

The Master Builders a team from Jefferson Middle School, in Oak Ridge, Tenn. earned their ticket to the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) world finals in St. Louis, Mo., in April after a fierce robotics competition at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn.

The Master Builders achieved the highest overall composite score in the robotic game, robot design, research project and core values sections of the competition. 

For their efforts, The Master Builders received the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Director's Award Trophy and a $1,000 stipend to represent East Tennessee at the FLL world finals.

The second place team, NX36T, a home-school team from Knoxville, Tenn., will go to the FLL Razorback Invitational held in May on the University of Arkansas campus. This is NX36T’s second trip to the Invitational; they represented Knoxville in 2015.

Currently, there are over 500 elementary, middle and high schools in the Valley that have robotics programs, and TVA sponsors over 39 robotics competitions across the Valley. TVA is committed to supporting robotics and other STEM programs because jobs of the future will depend on a workforce proficient in these skills.