Tech & Robotics Awards

At MMS, we consider ourselves creative pioneers in the area of student robotics. We have teams blazing trails and winning national awards with their land, aquatic, and aerial robots.

2019 – 2020

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Marquette Regional

November 2019

Both of our Robotics Teams placed at the FLL Marquette Regional this year, which includes an invitation to the FLL Mukwonago Sectional!

1st Place Award for Most Innovative Solution: Automatrons

  • Isabella S., 6th Grade
  • Audrey M., 7th Grade
  • Gabriela S., 4th Grade
  • Gisela A., 6th Grade
  • McKenzie A., 4th Grade
  • Katie K., 7th Grade
  • Isabelle R., 7th Grade
  • Diya N., 5th Grade

Teamwork Award: Elemental Robots

  • Asa K., 7th Grade
  • Trevyn N., 6th Grade
  • Harry L., 6th Grade
  • Sebastian P., 8th Grade
  • Brody H., 8th Grade
  • Cameron H., 6th Grade
  • Saif G., 5th Grade
  • 2018 – 2019

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    SeaPerch Robotics International Challenge May 2019

    The Krusty Krabz ranked 68th out of 200 teams. They scored 30th in the world for their Engineering Notebook which is the best MMS has ever done at a SeaPerch competition.

    The Angry Anglers placed 87th out of 200 teams. They were the youngest MMS team ever to go to the International Challenge. They improved their obstacle course by a minute and five seconds, which is very impressive for such an intense competition.

    The challenge was an incredible learning experience and a celebration of their accomplishments thus far. The students also had the privilege of meeting teams from around the world and touring the University of Maryland and Washington D.C.

    SeaPerch Robotics MKE Regional April 2019 This regional tournament was an awesome display of hard work and perserverance from the Milwaukee Montessori School SeaPerch teams. The Triggers consistently improved. The Krusty Krabz received the First Place Presentation Award, the First Place Obstacle Award and an invitation to the International SeaPerch Competition in June! The Angry Anglers, the youngest MMS robotics team, finished second overall and are on their way with the Krusty Krabz to the SeaPerch International Competition.
    FIRST LEGO League State Competition February 2019 For the third time this season, MMS won the FIRST-Place Presentation Award at the state competition for their robot the Cozmo Cap. The students designed the cap to wash astronauts’ hair while they’re in space. It holds water and recycles it back into the International Space Station’s water system.
    FIRST LEGO League Sectional Competition December 2018

    Received the following awards and nominations:

    • FIRST-Project Presentation Award
    • Nomination for Innovative Solution Award

    The team also qualified for STATE Championship!

    FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition November 2018 MMS students received four nominations and a FIRST-Place Presentation Award!

    2017 – 2018

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    International SeaPerch ROV Challenge June 2018 The Tenacious Tunas ranked 35th in the world, and the Sea Dragons ranked 53rd out of 110 teams. Way to go students!
    SeaPerch Regional Round Two March 2018

    The Furious Fins, Aqua Turtles, Tenacious Tunas, and Sea Dragons all swept the Middle School class away at the MKE SeaPerch Regional! The Tenacious Tunas received an invitation to the International SeaPerch competition in Massachusetts, meaning they will be joining the Sea Dragons in June!

    1st Place Middle School Overall Sea Dragons
    2nd Place Middle school Overall Tenacious Tunas
    3rd Place Overall Aqua Turtles
    4th Place Overall Middle School Furious Fins

    Aqua Turtles are the On deck team. MMS has the best SeaPerch Middle School teams in the state of Illinois and Wisconsin out of 83 competing Middle School Teams!


    Great Lakes Navy SeaPerch Robotics Regional

    March 2018

    Shout out to Coach Jaime for bringing out the best in each of the teams that competed!

    Engineering Notebook-
    2nd-Aqua Turtles
    4th- Sea Dragons
    5th-Tenacious Tunas
    11th-Furious Fins

    Obstacle Course-2nd Sea Dragons
    Puzzle Platform- 2nd Sea Dragons
    Middle School Champs Trophy-Sea Dragons


    FIRST LEGO League State Championship February 2018

    The Elemental Robots were nominated for the Gracious Professionalism Award.

    “Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.”

    FIRST LEGO League Sectionals December 2017

    The Elemental Robots were nominated for:

    • Strategic Innovative Robot Award and Gracious Professionalism Award
    • Qualify for State
    • Automatrons-on-Deck State Qualifying Team
    Naval Air Forces’ Distinguished Visitor Embark Program October 2017

    Demonstrating such success at this year’s competition and due to her outstanding leadership, Ms. Jaime Wszelaki earned the attention of her mentor, who nominated her for the Naval Air Forces’ Distinguished Visitor (DV) Embark Program and, deservedly, she was accepted.

    Here are some highlights:

    • Fly to San Diego Navel Base
    • Navy C-2 Transport plane ride to a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
    • Spend 26 hours learning, touring, and sleeping on the aircraft carrier
    • As a “Distinguished Educator”, she will dine with the commanding officers

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    2016 – 2017

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    National STEM Challenge Award July 2017

    The gaming designs of 10 year old Zoe P. (left) of Milwaukee and 11 year old Himani C. (right) of Waukesha emerged from 3,000 student entries to become winners in the middle school division of 5th through 8th graders in the National STEM Video Game Challenge competition in New York City, NY. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

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    2015 – 2016

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    FIRST LEGO League WI Qualifying Tournament November 2015

    Elemental Robots – Champions Award for the team that embodies the FLL experience and embraces its core values


    • Teamwork Award recognizing inspiration and extraordinary enthusiasm
    • Gracious Professionalism Award recognizing high-quality work, mutual respect, and value for each other and the community
    • Research Award recognizing innovative solutions and comprehensive research
    • Judges Award recognizing unique qualities, effort, and overall dynamic performance
    Navy Regional Competition in Great Lakes, Illinois March 19, 2016 The Tenacious Tunas and their submarine, the USS Macaroni, qualified for the SeaPerch National Competition. Read more.
    U.S. Navy SeaPerch National Competition May 20 & 21 The team finished 39th in the world with an astounding 320,000 participating at the national challenge.

    2013 – 2014

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    FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament November 17, 2013

    Won the Presentation award which recognizes a team that most effectively communicates the project’s identified problem and their proposed solution.

    The MMS team was nominated for 5 out of 11 awards:

    • Champion’s Award
    • Innovative Solution Award
    • Research Award
    • Teamwork Award

    2012 – 2013

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    Education Challenge Grant Winner 2012

    Milwaukee Montessori School was one of the first recipients of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation’s Education Challenge Grant. Educators received a grant to launch and implement Digging Peace! Demonstrations of Learning in 3D Gaming Environments, a video game-based program that recognizes the power of entertainment software to engage children in deep learning.

    Using Minecraft, a 3D building game, and The Peace Game, a history and problem-solving game developed by award-winning teacher and educational consultant John Hunter, the Digging Peace! Demonstrations of Learning in 3D Gaming Environments program will provide students in grades 4 – 8 with a 3D game environment to demonstrate learning in history, science, language arts, and mathematics. It will also provide a critical link between academics and arts programs by enhancing the school’s existing game design curriculum.