Carmel Valley Ninja Builders advance to First Lego League Southern California Championship

Ninja Builders
Ninja Builders and coaches from left to right: Mingming Zhang, Woocheol Kim, Sean Cooney, Nathan Wu, Christopher Caliguiri, John Aste, Meredith Caliguiri and Mason Holst.

A group of six eighth grade boys from Carmel Valley will advance to the First Lego League (FLL) Southern California Championship after winning for robot design at the FLL Qualifying Tournament on Oct. 30 at High Tech High School. The Ninja Builders – John Aste, Christopher Caliguiri, Sean Cooney, Mason Holst, Woocheol Kim, and Nathan Wu – competed against teams from throughout San Diego in this year’s FLL Challenge. 

The FLL Challenge is a three-part competition involving a robot game, which requires competitors to build and program an autonomous robot to accomplish various missions on a thematic Lego playing surface, a project requiring the team to find creative solutions to improve human and animal interaction, and a demonstration of core values emphasizing teamwork, cooperation, gracious professionalism and friendly competition. 

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