GORDON COUNTY G6 GIFTED ACADEMY HOLDS ANNUAL FIRST LEGO LEAGUE COMPETITION
The G6 Gifted Academy, made up of 4th and 5th grade gifted students from all six elementary schools in Gordon County, held its annual First Lego League (FLL) competition for 5th graders on November 13. Organized by G6 teachers James Morris, Ray McWhorter, and Jennifer Farist, the competition was titled "Into Orbit". Students competed in challenges with robots that each team designed and programmed themselves throughout the semester. The competition also included presentations on a problem for life in space that students researched to creatively demonstrate a solution to the problem. Judges utilized rubrics students would be scored against in regional FLL competition. Dr. Susan Remillard- Superintendent, Beth Herod- Director of Curriculum, Doug Clark- Gordon Central High School Principal, Debra Brock- Red Bud Elementary Principal, Stacy Cohea- Sonoraville Elementary Counselor, Danny Lowrance- District Math Specialist, Chuck Langston- District Instructional Technology Specialist for 6-12, Celena Chastain- District Technology Specialist for K-5, and Mark Waters- Academy Coordinator at the College and Career Academy were all on hand to judge the event.
The first and second place teams will advance to region competition in Whitfield County on December 1.
Placing first in local competition was the team "Astro Aliens", consisting of Eli Balliew, Chaz Pate, Isabella Segursky, and Emily Upchurch all from Sonoraville Elementary and Anna Caroline Parker from W. L. Swain Elementary School.
Representing Gordon County as the 2nd place finisher will be the "Robot Rushers" made up of Fairmount Elementary students Mckenna Boswell and Morgan Schwartz and Tolbert Elementary students, Keira Bryson, Jazmine Hunter, Eva Lopez, and Estrella Martinez.