CSI teams advance to Central Texas First Lego League Invitational

CSI (Challenging Scientific Investigations) is a Brenham ISD Gifted and Talented initiative that provides an opportunity for 2nd-6th grade students who are identified as Gifted and Talented to explore science and technology as they read, write, solve problems, conduct experiments and apply science to their daily lives. The program is housed at Krause Elementary School and led by CSI teachers Jennifer Ebel and Kristi Felder.  

Each year, 6th grade CSI students compete in First Lego League. This year’s theme was “Into Orbit” and teams were judged in 4 areas in the competition: Core Values, Project, Robot Design, and Robot Game. The 2018 Central Texas First Lego League Qualifier event was held on Saturday, January 26 at Sam Rayburn Intermediate School in Bryan, Texas. Of the 34 competing teams, the top 10 advance to the Central Texas First Lego League Invitational. Three of the four Brenham ISD CSI teams advanced and will be competing in Austin on February 16.  In addition to the advancing teams, Space Campers placed 5th in the robot game, Gardener’s of the Galaxy placed 9th, PARO’S Partners placed 10th, and Radiation Raiders placed 11th. Team Space Campers also received a trophy for 2nd place Robot Design and Team PARO’S Partners received a trophy for 2nd place Champions Award.

Team Space Campers: Austin Maurer, Avery Maurer, Blaine Bartlett, Seth Conner, Morgan Westerfeld, Trevion Wills, Rashiyd Anderson

Team Radiation Raiders: Akhil Puligundla, Courtland Saunders, Brett Campbell, Sean Cao, Rylee Pike, Jonathan Nelson, Audrie Rudasill

Team Gardener’s of the Galaxy: Samuel Clepper, Henry Stopchinski, Kyle Freeman, Hayden Mika, Madison White, Haylie Niemeyer

Team PARO’S Partner: Brandon Schultz, Joseph McLaughlin, Leondro Hernandez, Alex Lawhorn, Bailey Grimes, Samantha Robinson