More than 60 teams, each made up of 9- to 14-year-old children, from across the state competed Saturday in the 18th annual Maine FIRST LEGO League State Championship at the Augusta Civic Center.

According to the program, the league is designed to encourage the natural curiosity and creativity of children, in the belief that those qualities are key to understanding complex problems, imagining new possibilities, and developing innovative solutions. The league actively engages 9- to 14-year-old children to experience the world using science and technology as their guides. Using a real-world context and hands-on experimentation, FLL empowers teams of children to teach themselves how and why things work as they discover and develop diverse interests and skills that help bring their future into focus.

Awards were distributed as follows:

GRACIOUS PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

1st place: Noble Nezinscot Nerds

2nd place: Coyote Pups — Alpha

RESEARCH AWARD

1st place: H2O07 (from Lawrence Junior High School)

2nd place: Yellow Submarines

PRESENTAION AWARD

1st place: Hydro Llamas

2nd place: Gardiner Lego Robots 2 (from Gardiner Regional Middle School)

ENERGIZER AWARD

BE EV3’s

T-SHIRT AWARD

1st place: System Overload

2nd place: Drought Scouts

MECHANICAL DESIGN AWARD

1st place: Blue Jesters

2nd place: Salty Savages

PROGRAMMING AWARD

1st place: Hydro Hawks

2nd place: Excelerators (from Winslow)

STRATEGY AND INNOVATION AWARD

1st place: The Leaky Sinks

2nd place: Robo Cougars (from Mt. Blue Middle School)

INSPIRATION AWARD

1st place: Aye Sea Legos

2nd place: Who Are We?

TEAMWORK AWARD

1st place: The Snail People

2nd place: Noteworthy Nezinscot Nerds

INNOVATIVE SOLUTION AWARD

1st place: Coyote Pups — Gamma

2nd place: Waterville Junior High Team

CHAMPION’S AWARD

1st place: Water Those?

2nd place: Pipe Patrol

3rd place: SmartFun Engineers (from Farmington)

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