League teams compete at Post Falls
BUZZZZZZ! Went the alarms at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 5th for nine ambitious middle school students. For the third year in a row, Prairie Middle School has sent teams to First Lego League competitions. This year The Cobras and The Altima Monkeys traveled to Post Falls, Idaho to compete in the North Idaho Lego League competition.
First Lego League utilizes theme-based challenges to engage kids in research, problem solving and engineering. This year's theme was Smart Moves-Transportation. The cornerstones of the program emphasize contributions of others, friendly sportsmanship, learning and community involvement. The Lego program also promotes research and reading but it's strengths lie in the science, math and technology fields and promote teamwork and conceptual thinking.
Each team of students worked on a real-world "Challenge" using Legos and a robot for the solution. The Challenge had two parts: the Project and the Robot game. The teams had 10 weeks to build an autonomous robot that would, in 2 minutes and 30 seconds, complete predesigned missions for the Robot game. For the project the teams had to research, analyze and invent a solution for a real-world problem and create a clever presentation about their solution. Students had to present their solutions to a panel of judges. Both teams did a great job at Post Falls. The tournament was a CELEBRATION of the teams' accomplishments throughout the season.