Flagler County STEM Academy Excels...Again!

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 12:58pm

Fifteen students from the Flagler County STEM Academy, based at Wadsworth Elementary School took part in the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League (FLL) Qualifying Tournament in Jacksonville, FL on December 10th. It took place at the Museum of Science and History.


Two months of building, programming and testing paid off for our two local teams.


STEM Academy Titanium received the “Best Project” award for their “Savers of the Sea Turtles” project. The students invented a beach cleanup tool called the “Mr. Turtles Trash Picker Upper.” The award landed them an alternate bid for the Regional Championships to be held at the University of North Florida on January 28th.


STEM Academy Platinum was awarded the “Best Robot Performance Award” by scoring the most points on a robot game board. This, plus their performance in other events including their “Mice Protectors” project earned them the “Grand Champion” title and a guaranteed spot in the Regional Championships.


A total of 16 teams took part, with many of them experienced in FLL competition. However, most of the STEM Academy students had never participated in FLL before this event. Martin Evans, director of the STEM Academy says “The students involved in these project have demonstrated such a strong passion for STEM learning along with a work ethic that is far beyond their years.”


Back in September, several of these students took part in a robotics competition in Volusia County, going up against a number of high schools. The STEM Academy team was the first elementary school team to ever take part in the Volusia Manufacturers Association Showcase. They weren’t there to just take in the sights. They beat a couple of the high schools during that competition!


The Flagler County STEM Academy is an offshoot of Wadsworth Elementary’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Flagship Program. It was established in 2015 to give qualifying students an immersive STEM-based, project learning environment.


Team Titanium


Landen Looker (Proj. Mgr.)

Lukas Cottle

Hailey Foresman-Womack

Dakota Schake

Paul Johnson

Nate Stott

Vijay Wheedon

Team Platinum


Daniel Zsizsek (Proj. Mgr.)

Gianna Gardner

Keyleigh Johnson-Castine

Yesha Ferrer

Gianna ittle

Javen Young

Michal Baskin

Rachel Pladdys