Rancho Santa Fe fifth grade robotics team wins awards at FLL Southern California Championship

The RSF Maze Runners, a fifth-grade RSF Eagles Robotics team from R. Roger Rowe School, won second place overall in core values at the First Lego League Southern California Championship on Dec. 6 at Legoland.

The team also received the “Judges Inspiration Award” out of 56 teams, which was a fun surprise for everyone, according to science teacher John Galipault, who coached the team with Tom Powell.

As part of the competition, the team must pick a topic and identify ways to improve how to learn it. The Maze Runners’ chosen topic was helping people effectively learn a foreign language. The team excelled in the core values part of the competition, which places an emphasis on teamwork, cooperation, professionalism and friendly competition.

The Maze Runners team is Nora Gavreau, Logan Johnson, Jake Malter, Malcolm McDonough, Dylan Powell, Brandon Powell, David Scuba and JT Young.