Robotics team wins honor

Mindstorms Mayhem, a FIRST Lego League robotics team consisting of home-schoolers from Wilton, Milford, Merrimack, Hollis and Bedford, won the Director’s Award at the FLL International Invitational Tournament in Atlanta.

The Director’s Award is given to the most well-rounded team that excels in all judging categories.

The local team competed against 47 champions from 39 states and 5 other nations.

In December, team “Mindstorms Mayhem,” one of several area teams sponsored by BAE Systems, competed against 48 other teams from around New Hampshire to provide both a robotic solution and a research presentation on interplanetary mission challenges.

As winners of the Director’s Award at the New Hampshire state tournament, Mindstorms Mayhem represented the state at the FLL Invitational.

During the three-day competition, the team’s robot competed against other robots to complete nine “Mission Mars” challenges in two and a half minutes.