Four robotics teams qualify for state tournaments
According to coach Jack Hubbard, the students are now busy preparing for the invitational meet at Bryant University and the state championships at Roger Williams University. One team will compete in the invitational tournament on Jan. 9 and four Jamestown teams qualified for the state championships the following Saturday.
The four teams that will compete at Bryant on Jan. 16 are the Bearded Builders, the Radical Rainbow Robosses, the VII Blazes and the Worm KCCCBN. Trash Troubles will compete at the invitational on the prior Saturday.
The teams work in a structure that has evolved from the inspiration of Dean Kamen, a prolific inventor noted for the Segway who also founded For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology in 1989. Since then, the FIRST Lego League has become well established worldwide. The Jamestown Education Foundation and 21 volunteers help fund and organize the robotics program in town, said Hubbard.
In the FIRST Lego League, middle-schoolers work together to build and program robots that perform missions related to an annual topic. They also conduct research and propose a solution to a problem relating to the theme. The challenge this year focuses on trash, and how students can use robots to collect, sort and re-use garbage. Scoring is based on robot performance, research and core values.
“This is experiential learning at its best,” says Hubbard.