Tukes Valley students study technology using LEGO robots

December 1, 2016 Joe Vajgrt

tukes valley students study technology using lego robots

December 1, 2016

Tukes Valley Middle School teacher Sherry Lilly is teaching students about technology through LEGO robotics projects, and some of her students will get a
chance to demonstrate what they've learned this weekend at a robotics competition in Camas. A First LEGO League rookie team from Tukes Valley will be competing as the Tukes Valley Timberwolf Techs Robotics Club this Saturday, Dec. 3 in a qualifying round at Skyridge Middle School in Camas. Qualifying teams will progress to another  round in January.

This is the Tukes Valley team's first year to compete in the First LEGO League (FLL). The students practice their craft twice a week after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays as part of Battle Ground Public Schools' after-school activities at the middle school level, which are funded by levy dollars.  For league competitions, teams of up to 10 students program an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field and develop a solution to a problem.

“This is a new challenge for these students, and it’s my first time as an FLL coach,” Lilly said. “But we are having so much fun!” Lilly describes the competition as very involved. Her students have been hard at work preparing their project to be delivered in front of a judge, who will score them on “exhibiting team core values at all times” while they participate in the robot game challenge with the autonomous LEGO robots that they’ve built. At the Camas competition, the Tukes Valley team will be competing against other regional students ranging from fourth through eighth grade. The competition will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

FLL competitions challenge kids in more than 80 countries to think like scientists and engineers. According to the FLL website, more than 28,000 teams of students ranging in age from 9 to 16 around the globe will compete in this year’s challenge.

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