LEGO® Robotics Team Preps for Hydrodynamic Competition

The middle school LEGO® Robotics Team is gearing up for a great year. They’re preparing to compete in this year’s FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, HYDRO DYNAMICS℠!

Teams of 10 students and two coaches will compete in the Robot Game, the Project and Core Values, each testing a different aspect of the team’s autonomous robot this fall.

Carefully programmed robots score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game) developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values, a set of guidelines that encourages teams to work together.

This year the team includes sixth-graders Sarah Bartlett and Liam Burkey, seventh-graders Patrick Howlett, Sarah Morrow and Logan Pausch and eighth-graders Marah Gordon and Stanley Synenko. Mentors are Collegiate teachers Dave Fisher and Mike Johnson, and coaches are middle school teacher Claire Fornsel and parent Skip Marrow.

Fornsel says she’s really proud of her middle school team.

“They're doing research on the water cycle and how humans interact with it,” she says. “During the Challenge, they have to meet with judges, defend their robot and explain the challenges they faced and overcame.”

“My favorite thing about the competition every year is seeing how other teams solve the problem. It’s really neat to see how someone else did it differently,” says team member Sarah Morrow. “I’ve been competing since third grade, and I still get nervous every time!”