BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - A group of Bronxville Middle School students teamed up help “clean up” at the inaugural Hudson Valley Lego League Tournament.
As a rookie squad with only one student who had participated before, the Bronxville Clean Up Crew, a team of 10 students who comprise the middle school’s FIRST Lego League Robotics team, took fourth in the tournament, where they had to come together to use their minds to problem solve real-world issues.
Each year, the FIRST Lego League releases a fresh challenge for students based on a modern, scientific topic that affects the world. Teams then are “tasked with programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (robot game) and develop a solution to the problem.”
This year, students were asked to build a robot that would reduce trash or help families produce less trash in an effort to boost recycling. They then presented their creation to a panel of judges, where they discussed the merits, design and programming of their Lego robot.
“Part of the students' challenge was to design and build a unique robot with Legos that successfully performed tasks in a timely manner to win points,” coach Lynne Torrey said.“Not only did they innovate and problem-solve to get that robot to move according to plan, but in working so closely together, I think they discovered valuable qualities in themselves as they contributed to the team goals.
“There was a strong sense of determination to set up, prepare and not let each other down. They asked for clarification when things were unclear, and when it was time to present, they were at their best.”
Torrey said that the FIRST Lego League offers students a unique opportunity to work cohesively, while learning various disciplines and enjoying themselves during the process of the project. She praised her first-year team and expressed an eagerness for next year.
“My hope is for students to have fun, while immersed in a science, technology, engineering, art and math experience, and to realize that their accomplishments can potentially change the world,” she added. “The Bronxville Clean Up Crew represented our school exceedingly well and is already looking forward to next season.”
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