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Master Minds Win Regional Tournament, Place Fourth in State

The Master Minds Team includes Cooper Middle School eighth graders Brandon Arcari and Steven Corcoran and Spring Hill Elementary School sixth graders Brad Kim, David Corcoran, Michael Arcari and Thomas Corcoran.

The Master Minds Team includes Cooper Middle School eighth graders Brandon Arcari and Steven Corcoran and Spring Hill Elementary School sixth graders Brad Kim, David Corcoran, Michael Arcari and Thomas Corcoran.

— The "Master Minds" First Lego Robotics Team from Cooper Middle and Spring Hill Elementary Schools in McLean won the Division 2 First Lego League "Food Factor" Regional Tournament held Nov. 20 at George Mason University.

The Master Minds team, two eighth graders from Cooper and four sixth graders at Spring Hill, competed at the State Tournament held on Dec. 3-4 at James Madison University. The team placed fourth in the Division 2 First Lego League state tournament. Division 2 is a middle school competition level. (http://www.vadcfll.org)

The Master Minds First Lego Robotics team won two Division 2 trophies at the VA-DC Regional Tournament. They won the Division 2 First Place trophy for "Robot Performance" and the Division 2 Second Place "Champion's Award" for overall performance in every category including Robot design and performance, teamwork, communication and project presentation.

The Master Minds were judged in four categories including: Robot Design, Robot Performance, Teamwork, Research development and presentation of a topic related to this year’s food theme which was "Food Safety."

Master Minds Team coach and parent, Becky Corcoran said the team chose "Organic Grains in Bulk Storage" as the focus for their community research project and the presentation portion of the competition.

The public school Master Minds Team includes Cooper Middle School eighth graders Brandon Arcari and Steven Corcoran and Spring Hill Elementary School sixth graders Brad Kim, David

Corcoran, Michael Arcari and Thomas Corcoran. This is the third year the team has been invited to compete at the state tournament at JMU.