For the past three years, Canyon Creek has been running a Lego Robotics Club. This is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program that allows students the opportunity to take academic concepts coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts.
This year we decided to register our club through FIRST LEGO league robotics!
What this means is this year we are participating in competitions against other schools. The program is run by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and our task for this year was two-fold; in that we had to research a real-world problem, Animal Allies, and are challenged to develop a solution. Students also had to design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS and compete on a table-top playing field.
Our team "LEGO my robot!" consists of Mrs. Halama and Mrs. Howard mentoring and a group of 6th-8th grade students: Sarah Meron, Sean Meron, Georgia Goldberg, Josh Broveak, Noah Bickelhaupt, Noah Berg, Tyler Walter, Beau Bergstrom, Kody Gust, Ayden Gilbert, and Talen Kind. We started in early September working 2 mornings a week and we just traveled to the Montana State competition at MSU-B Bozeman on January 28th! Our students put in extra time before and after school, as well as on a Saturday, in order to prepare for this competition.
There were 72 FLL teams from across Montana competing in Bozeman at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Our students chose to research and present to the judges the topic, "How trash affects animals in the wild and what we can do to lessen the littler on the roadsides, rives, and parks." Our students performed very well at the activities table. They programmed their robot using coding, sensors, rotations, and programs. The table had several tasks that allowed our students to try to compete. Our team split up to tackle several of the tasks. Our team tied for 13th place out of the 72 teams. This was an excellent accomplishment for our very first year competing!
We are very proud of the hard work everyone put into this years Lego Robotics Club. We cannot wait to get started preparing for next year. In the meantime, we will be running a beginner's club this spring on one morning per week. This will allow current 5th-8th graders that would like to learn more and see if they want to join our team next year! Our members who performed this year will mentor those who are considering joining next year.
To learn more about FIRST please visit the website www.firstinspires.org