Thirty-nine countries from around the world competed in Houston. Each team was a regional, state or country champion.
Beehive Science and Technology Academy Principal Hanifi Oguz said, “To put this in perspective, it means that our team was third in the world in this category. This is a huge achievement for our school.”
The competition requires that students build and program LEGO robots designed to complete specific tasks. Forty-seven teams from Utah competed at the Weber State University event, and a total of nine trophies were awarded. Beehive Robotics was one of two teams from Utah to go to Houston for this international event.
Last year, a team from Beehive tied for 20th in the world in the FIRST LEGO League Competition in St. Louis. The Beehive team was the only team from Utah at last year’s competition, which included teams from every state and 40 countries—108 teams in all.
The international event has been held since 1998.
Beehive Science and Technology Academy students on the team in Houston were: Trinity Mauer (9th grade), Asim Kablan (7th grade), Austin Grant (8th grade), Gaireth Castleton (8th grade), Kaden Gordon (8th grade), Moises Molina (8th grade), Sam Gwynn (8th grade) and Zack Nelson (8th grade).
The Beehive Science and Technology Academy Lego League Competition head coach is Annie Drennan and Lorie Mauer is the assistant coach. Drennan and Mauer are parents of Beehive Science and Technology Academy students.
About Beehive Science and Technology Academy
Beehive Science and Technology Academy is a tuition-free charter school located at 830 E. 9400 S. in Sandy, Utah. Beehive offers classes for grades six through 12. As of March 2016, total enrollment was 300 students.
Beehive was recently named Charter School of the Year 2016 by the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools. It has also received Platinum STEM School Designation (the highest designation possible) by the Utah State Board of Education and the STEM Action Center for the 2015-2016 school year.
In 2015, Beehive was included in Newsweek America’s Top High Schools list. In Newsweek America’s category of “Beating the odds—top schools for low-income students,” Beehive was listed as number 57 in the entire United States. (In 2014, it was recognized as number 231.)
The school originally opened in 2005. To learn more, visit www.beehiveacademy.org