FLINT TWP. — “Mo’ Peeps,’ a FIRST Lego robotics team, based at Carman-Ainsworth’s Rankin Elementary School, won the state championship at the Michigan North & West State Champion ship meet last weekend.
Among 48 top teams from across the state competing included local teams from Randels Elementary, the Banana Bricks; Lego Force 8 of Grand Blanc and The Mustangs from Flushing.
Mo’ Peeps won the Champions Award, the most prestigious of the FIRST robotics competition, which encompasses the key elements of the Technical and
Team Performance Awards, including Robot Design, Robot Performance, Project Presentation, and Teamwork, said C-A Robotics Coach Leanne Welch.
As a result of winning this top honor, the Rankin LEGO Team is the only team in the state of Michigan selected to move on to the next level, the
World Festival, to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 23-26, 2014. The team will be traveling to St. Louis to compete among teams representing other states as well as 35 countries.
They follow in the footsteps of Da Peeps, a robotics team based at Rankin that won a world championship in 2009.
Mo’Peeps members include: Katie McGilvery, 8th Grade; Jamie Arnold, 7th Grade; Matthew Routt, 6th Grade; Jerianne Ingram, 6th Grade; Alyssa Snow, 5th
Grade; Brayden Raether, 5th Grade; Noah Mattson, 4th Grade; Isaac Dixon, 4th Grade; Lydia Minzey, 4th Grade; and Zachary Osborn, 4th Grade. The
Rankin FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team is coached by Welch, Andy Raether, and Erin Raether.