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Results: FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics State Championship

Kids pose for celebratory photo with trophy
Photo by Windland Photography & Design.

On February 10, UND held the North Dakota FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics State Championship. Bringing together talented 9-14-year-olds from across North Dakota, the championship was held at the UND Memorial Union and was open to the public.

This year’s FLL challenge, named the MASTERPIECES Challenge, tasked teams with imagining and innovating new ways to create and communicate art globally. The competition, designed to inspire interest in science and technology, required teams to address a real-world problem in their projects and build, test, and program an autonomous robot to complete specific missions.

Champion’s Award

Champion: Digital Artists #12219

1st Runner up: 6-Brix # 63900

2nd Runner up: Super Squirrels #59846


A team of kids enter the UND Memorial Union ballroom with a team banner in hand
Photo by Windland Photography & Design.

Judged Awards

Robot Design Awards:

This team uses outstanding programming principles and solid engineering practices to develop a robot that is mechanically sound, durable, efficient, and highly capable of performing challenge missions.

1st Place: Lego Busters #7524

2nd Place: Keeping It Reel #55985

Innovation Project Awards:

This team utilizes diverse resources for their Innovation Project to help them gain a comprehensive understanding of their problem, has a creative, well-researched solution, and effectively communicates their findings to judges and the community.

1st Place: Perseverance Puppies #53799

2nd Place: Maestro #11971

Core Values Awards:

This team displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, knows they can accomplish more together than they could as individuals, and shows each other and other teams respect at all times.

1st Place: Lego Blades #64328

2nd Place: Shiloh Dill Bytes #58898


A group of kids smile for a team photo
Photo by Windland Photography & Design.

Non-Judged Award

Robot Performance Awards:

This award celebrates a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game. Teams have a chance to compete in at least three 2.5-minute matches and their highest score counts.

1st Place: Keeping It Reel #55985

2nd Place: Digital Artist #12219

Coach/Mentor Award

Coaches and mentors inspire their teams to do their best, both as individuals and together. Without them, there would be no FIRST LEGO League Challenge. This award goes to the coach or mentor whose leadership and guidance are clearly evident and best exemplifies the FIRST Core Values.

Joe Hogberg – Retired this year after more than a couple decades of coaching in the Grand Forks area.

Engineering Excellence Award

This award celebrates a team with an efficiently designed robot, an innovative project solution that effectively addresses the season challenge, and Core Values evident in all they do.

Team: Sport Friends #11970

Judges Award

The judges have chosen to give special recognition to a team for their efforts.

Team: Blown Fuses #40852


About FIRST®

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, FIRST® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. FIRST® is supported by a strong network of sponsors and volunteers.

FIRST® provides the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) for students in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18), the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) for grades 4-8 (ages 9 to 14) , and the Junior FIRST® LEGO League (Jr.FLL) for grades K-3 (ages 6 to 9). For more information, visit

About the LEGO® Group

The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality, creatively educational play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: “Only the best is good enough.” For more information, visit

LEGO, MINDSTORMS® and their respective logos are registered trademarks of the LEGO Group. FIRST® and its logos are registered trademarks of US FIRST.