Members of Pace's two sixth-grade robotics teams competed in the First Lego League (FLL) Regional Tournament presented by Kell Robotics on Dec. 2. Both teams, under the leadership of Upper School science teacher Brianna Korb and parents Julie Goldstrom and Eric Irvin, have worked since August to perfect their robot missions, projects about water and core value of sportsmanship.
The competition consisted of 24 teams in two tournaments. "Each team goes to three judging sessions for their project, core values and robot design," Korb explains. "Each team also has three attempts to complete their robot missions and earn the most points. The highest number of points is what is counted towards their final scores."
The Knights 2 O focused on rainwater harvesting, spoke to numerous experts and prepared a skit including an infomercial about their robot, the ScannerBot 2024. The Excalibergs' project centered on "fatbergs," lumps of waste found in sewer systems. The team's skit played off the television show Chopped, and "chefs" had to make fatbergs out of diapers, wipes, grease, sewage, hair and rubber products. Students also developed a robot prototype, "the fatburgular," to send into sewers to vacuum out fatbergs before they clog the system.
The Excalibergs won the competition's Core Values Award, and both teams advanced to the Super Regional competition, which will take place on Jan. 13. Way to go, RoboKnights!