The theme for this year’s Lego® Challenge was Animal Allies. Teams were required to identify a problem that occurs when people and animals interact. The St. Mary’s Lego Crusaders created a website (AnimalFAQsNow) to answer questions and present information about close-encounters with three threatened species of reptiles found in East Tennessee.
The team received third place in the Robot Design competition and finished 14th overall in the table-top playing field competition. The Crusaders advanced to the East Tennessee Championship to be held at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee on February 11, 2017. The St. Mary’s team members are Mateo Gorrondona, Ryan Rearden, Miko Zolnierczuk, and Ethan Hall. The team is coached by Mr. Gorrondona with Mr. Zolnierczuk serving as a mentor and Mrs. Miller as the faculty sponsor. Way to go Lego Crusaders!