The robotics team from J.B. Martin Middle School in Paradis was the champion of the regional qualifier for the Louisiana Lego FIRST League held Nov. 19 at Destrehan High School. The Martin team also had the best-designed robot and placed second in the robot game competition.

This year's league challenge had the theme "Animal Allies." Participating teams identified an interaction between humans and animals that could be better: more productive, healthier or happier, for either the person or the animal. They then worked to design a solution to the problem.

The Martin students came up with an idea of creating flotation devices for livestock. “Our competitors did amazing work and showcased the best J.B. has to offer," coach Bryan Perissutti said. "They were poised, assertive, gracious and professional. We had a really great time, and we learned so much from our experience.”

Team members are: Darren Alexander, Joshua Anderson, Artiom Austin, Preston Bourgeois, Brody Cancienne, Taylor Champagne, Marley Cortez, Madalyn Dey, Reid Dufrene, Zachary Elliott, Lauren Errington, Timothy Gann, Luke Gauthreaux, Jakara Howard, Logan Jones, Traveon Joubert, Aaron Mire, Hayden Petit, Zachary Waits and Christopher Williams. The coaches are Bryan Perissutti, Ed Skiba and Brandon Robinson.