Middle School LEGO Robotics Team Takes Off!

The LEGO Robotics team is back in full swing this year, and they’ve started with a bang.

The theme for this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League is INTO ORBIT, challenging young innovators to make long-duration space exploration easier for humans. In step with the theme, Norfolk Collegiate’s team is tackling the issue of firefighting in space.

The thought for putting out fires in a vacuum came about when Zachary Campbell, an engineer with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) through Virginia Space spoke with students about what it takes to send a rocket into space.

Campbell talked about the kinds of rockets MARS sends into space and how they’ve built launch pads to help get them there. These pads are equipped with a water deluge system to keep temperatures down, protect against lightning and enable a flame trench.

“I truly enjoyed my time at Norfolk Collegiate,” Campbell said. “The students were very engaged, responsive and interested in space research and travel, especially for their young age. It was very inspiring to see the future generation of scientist, engineers and mathematicians so excited in the field, and I am excited to see their final LEGO Robotics design.”

This year’s FIRST LEGO League regional competition is on Nov. 17 at Norview High School—where the team placed first last year. If they make it, they advance to the state competition mid-December at James Madison University.

Ultimately, the goal of LEGO Robotics is to keep students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

“My only concern is that these students want to continue learning,” said coach and dad to team member Sarah Morrow ’23 Ret. Lt. Cmdr. Skip Morrow. “I don’t care if we go into that competition and get a zero. As long as the kids worked together and learned something, that’s all I ask.”

To learn more about this year’s FIRST LEGO Challenge please click here.