Robotics Tournament

The SMEDS Classis First Lego League Robotics Qualifying Tournament was held on our campus on Saturday, January 9. 

Sixteen Jacksonville-area First Lego League teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8) competed with the LEGO MINDSTORMS robots they designed, built, and programmed to run on a table-top playing field.

In addition to the robotics, the teams have been researching a real-world problem, the TRASH TREK Challenge, where they have explored the hidden but fascinating world of trash, from collection, to sorting, to smart production, and reuse. The teams also competed against each other with solutions they have invented to help our trash problem.

The event added up to tons of fun while the students applied science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along the teams’ discovery journey, they are developing critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they presented their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges.

The top teams who qualified from this tournament will go on to compete at regional tournaments and state championships to show off what they learned and invented, and compete with their robots.

For more information on the First Lego League, visit

A big thank you goes to Vanessa Letcher who was the Tournament Director.  There were so many compliments from coaches and parents on the attention to detail, and we have Vanessa to thank for doing an incredible job. Thank you also to all the St. Mark's faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni who volunteered for the event.