On Saturday January 10th, the Robot Techs (a team comprised of Hartvigsen students) joined 19 other teams from the valley in a Lego First Competition held at Salt Lake Community College. Teams have been preparing for this date since the beginning of the school year. Lego First is a program where students have the opportunity to practice teamwork, coopertition (that’s not a typo), and critical thinking skills as they engage in various activities. The highlight of the program is the Robot Games, where teams design and program a Lego robot to complete various missions laid out on a playing mat. Teams have 150 seconds to complete as many missions as possible, and they may not touch their robot during that time except to punch in the correct programs. Teams also complete a project based upon the yearly theme. This year’s theme was World Class, focused on education, and team projects must answer the question: “How can we learn _________ better?” Hartvigsen students filled in the blank with the word “cooking”. As part of their project, the students watched different cooking shows and attended a cooking class where they made quesadillas and grilled cheese sandwiches.
On Saturday, the Robot Techs went before three panels of judges to present their Project, their Robot Design, and evidence of their teamwork. Finally, they competed in the Robot Games portion of the event. They were successful in directing their robot to complete 5 missions for a score of 95 points, which placed them in the middle of the pack amongst the 20 teams in that event. Though not expecting to take home any awards, the Robot Techs were elated to earn the Most Inspirational Team Award, signifying that their efforts inspired the coaches, judges, parents, and other competitors more than any other team at the competition.
A representative from the Granite School District’s Department of Education Technology, who sponsored the Robot Techs, will present the award to the students at an assembly in the near future.
Great Job, Robot Techs!