The challenges will also represent fun activities for seniors, including one obstacle where the robot will try its skill — or that of the team programming it — with a round of bowling.
“Each team has three opportunities to get as many points as possible,” Justin said, noting that 16 teams from across northeastern New York will compete.
“Our team members definitely like the challenge. They’ve been having fun, and I think they will be competitive.”
LEARNING THROUGH FUN
Jake Glicksman, a fifth-grader at Seton Catholic, participated in a local First Lego competition over the summer and decided to join the regional contest because of the fun he had during his first experience.
“I like working with the team, learning from our trials and failures,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot about how to build robots and how to work as a team to program them.”
Tiffany Schubert, a seventh-grader at Peru, also participated in the summer camp and believes the added experience has helped her improve her engineering skills.
“It’s fun to have the whole team working together,” she said. “When you can get the robot to perform what you programmed it to do, it really shows some awesome teamwork.”
Each local team hopes to do well in the competition, and both are looking to bring home the Lego Challenge trophy as representatives of their communities.
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