NORTH CRAWFORD - The TroBots, the North Crawford Middle School robotics team, recently competed in the first Lego League competition in Rochester, Minn., against 23 other teams.
The team has worked hard and had fun, while learning to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to solve a real-world problem.
This year's theme was Hydro-Dynamics so all aspects of the competition focused on the human water cycle. For the Robot Game, the team members spent the beginning of the school year building and programming an autonomous robot using LEGO Mindstorms EV3.
On the HydroDynamics themed playing field, the robot completed multiple missions including simulating replacing a broken pipe, manipulating a surveying tripod, and filling a fountain with water.
Team member McKenna Johnson participated in the project portion of competition by presenting a research paper on drought and water shortages in Third World countries. They were also judged on their robot design, the programs used, and their ability to demonstrate the first Lego League Core Values, which include learning that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals.
The team competed very well for a rookie team, and received positive feedback from the judges.