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Two Madison teams took top honors as first- and second-place winners at the FIRST LEGO League or FLL Alabama State Championship.

Robots were racing to complete missions and navigate obstacles at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for the state tournament on March 4. At earlier regional tournaments, 36 teams qualified from across Alabama and met for a fun and challenging day of STEM competition and robot games, robotics parent volunteer Pam Bourque said.

Motorized Mayhem, an independent team consisting of students and alumni from St. John the Baptist Catholic School, was named Alabama Grand Champion. They will represent Alabama at the FLL World Competition in Houston, Texas on April 19-22.

Motorized Mayhem includes team members Matthew Freestone, Joseph Groger, Remy Patin, Kate Petersen, Bennett Rigby, Zoe Patin, Julia Freestone, Audrey Groger and Lilly Butler. Max Patin and Todd Freestone coach the team.

Gregg Parker @ themadisonrecord.com
Some of the most intelligent young minds from around the world showed off their mechanical, technical and entrepreneurial skills during the first day of robotics competition on Friday. Once again, the robotics teams made their way to Rocket City for the FIRST Robotics Competition "Rocket City Regional."

This is an exciting day for the Bob Jones-James Clemens Robotics Team.

"You're in a time crunch but you don't realize it," member Bryce Brown said. "You just have a lot of fun while you're building it."

Brown's team and the 50 other robotics teams worked nearly every day for six weeks in preparation of the competition.

"It's taken a lot of work and a lot of time, but I will tell you, they are not short on innovation, on motivation and on energy," NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Deputy Director Jody Singer said. "They are ready to go."

The NASA-sponsored event pits teams of high school students together to build a robot which will compete in a game.

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