The REACH Foundation is proud to bring the First Lego League (FLL) Explore and Challenge Programs to PYL students. Using the Engineering Design Process, students work together on many different tasks, including an innovation project to explore real-world problems, learn to design, code with the LEGO SPIKE app, and create unique solutions to prepare for an incredible learning experience, competing in tournaments across Southern California.
First Lego League (FLL) Spring Sessions are pending. The REACH Foundation is securing a PYLUSD school location for the FLL to be held as an afterschool program.
The Woodsboro team and Fairmont Team closed a rookie season with a phenomenal performance at the FLL State Regionals on Saturday, December 2nd at California Baptist University in Riverside. We are thrilled to share an update on the exceptional performance of our PYL teams!
The Fairmont Pro-Kids team showcased their exceptional coding ability by achieving a high score of 310 points on the robot game, surpassing their Qualifier score by an impressive margin of 60 points. Overall, they placed 17th, in the top half with 39 teams competing. A tremendous achievement indeed! Congratulations to Zane Ahn, Tyler Pierson, Sophia Casillas, Nathan Keller, Sophia Li, Johnson Li, David Martinez, and their Coaches: Ms. Mary Ahn & Ms. Tina Thammasuckdi.
But the excitement doesn't end there—our Woodsboro Bee-Botics team not only raised the bar but soared above it with a phenomenal score of 370 points, placing 8th in this highly competitive State Regional tournament! Their dedication, hard work, and collaborative spirit truly paid off.
In a moment of immense pride, we are delighted to announce that the Woodsboro team also clinched the prestigious "Rising All-Star Award" 🥇. This accolade is a testament to their outstanding commitment, innovation, and the remarkable journey they've undertaken as a team and with their dedicated Coaches: Mr. Ken Tam and Ms. Madhura Shaligram.
These accomplishments not only reflect the incredible talents of our students but also highlight the support and guidance they received from our Principals: Mrs. Anne San Roman, Mrs. Melanie Carmona; Vice Principal: Mr. Eddie Tabata, dedicated coaches, high school Interns/mentors, and our community sponsors: Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary, Placentia Rotary and the Gene Haas Foundation.
As we celebrate these victories, let's extend our heartfelt congratulations to both the Fairmont and Woodsboro teams. Their success is a shining example of what can be achieved through teamwork, perseverance, and a shared commitment to excellence.
Congrats to Allyson, Maya, Avaneesh, Eason, Samihan, Saanvi, and Naysa from the Woodsboro Be Team!
The Woodsboro Bee-Botics Team won the 1st Place Innovation Project Award and were ranked 3rd overall in the competition. The Fairmont ProKids Team received the 2nd Place Core Values Award. Both teams will be advancing to State Regionals. The Travis Ranch Trailblazers took home the Engineering Excellence Award.
The REACH Foundation is proud to sponsor three award-winning teams in 2023!
“We are so proud of our Woodsboro team for earning first place for their Innovation Project and 3rd place overall in the competition, which boasted 24 teams,” shared Woodsboro Principal Melanie Carmona.
A Woodsboro parent reflected on her son’s experience with FLL, noting: “During the last 11 weeks, he has learned how discipline, hard work, perseverance, and teamwork can bring success and we can not thank you enough for letting these kids learn these values by practicing those!”
Another Woodsboro parent commented, “They also kept their school work at high standards and additionally every one of the students have other extracurricular activities they participate in such as sports, etc. This is a true example of dedication and commitment.”
The Woodsboro Bee-Botics included students Saanvi Amrutiya, Eason Huang, Naysa Malik, Avanish Nangare, Maya Pittman, Samihan Shaligram, and Allyson Tam and they were coached by Mrs. Madhura Shaligram and Mr. Ken Tam.
The Fairmont ProKids Robotics included students Tyler Pierson, Sophia Casillas, David Martinez, Nathan Keller (Travis), Johnson Li (Travis), Sophia Li (Travis) and Zane Ahn (Linda Vista). They were coached by Mrs. Mary Ahn and Mrs. Tina Thammasuckdi.
We would like to thank the volunteer Travis Ranch Coaches: Mrs. Heather Mulkey and Mr. David Huizar and the Reach High School Interns: Leo Chi, Megan Wang, Angelo Messina, Jolie Yang, Aashna Patel and the FLL parents for their support.
The REACH Foundation would like to acknowledge and thank Mr. Eddie Tabata, Assistant Principal at Travis Ranch, for his belief and advocacy for the FLL program. We would also like to thank Mrs. Anne San Roman, Principal at Fairmont, and Principal Melanie Carmona for their ongoing support. Their presence at the mock competition provided encouragement, invaluable feedback, and motivated the students!
Congratulations, PYLUSD teams!
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First Lego League Explore (FLL) is a program for students in grades 2-4 that focuses on engineering fundamentals. This season, the challenge is called "Masterpieces" and encourages students to create and communicate art globally.
In Explore, students learn to design, code, and create solutions using LEGO bricks and LEGO Education SPIKE Essential. Students also explore real-world problems and conduct innovation projects, such as identifying a problem and designing a solution.
Limited space is available. The maximum enrollment is 20 students.
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This class is now closed. After the pre-season class offered in February 2023, three teams from Fairmont, Travis Ranch, and Woodsboro were formed. The teams began their preparation on August 1st and will be working to prepare for the Qualifier competition in November. If you are interested in joining our team to compete next year, registration information will be available in January, 2024.
Through the support of our generous donors, the REACH Foundation is able to subsidize this program by offering special rates. Our deepest gratitude to our donors for giving us the opportunity to serve all students, especially those in underserved and underrepresented communities. Thank you.