By Kelsey Martinez
On Sept. 10, the Cactus Canyon Junior High robotics teacher, Mr. Brown, and one second-year robotics student went to a meeting at Arizona State University for the First Lego League.
At the meeting rules were explained and guidelines were given to help them prepare for the actual robotics competition in December.
In September each year, a new challenge is announced that focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences. This year it is about food and water safety. Each challenge within the competition is about that theme. The robotics part of the competition revolves around designing and programming LEGO robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots.
“I’m enthralled by the challenge of using robots to solve real-world problems,” said Lorenz Mangahas an eighth grader in robotics. “December can’t come soon enough.”
A team of five students who were in robotics last year will being going to competition this year. This will also be Mr. Brown’s first year at FLL.
“The robotics class is a great place to work hard and have a whole lot of fun,” said Mr. Brown.