The Moose Pass FIRST Lego® League Robotics team, the Moosebots, won two awards at the recent Kenai Peninsula Qualifier. The team won the Robot Award and the Judges Award “Against All Odds.” The competition was held on Saturday, December 9th at the Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai.
The team won the Robot award for their solid robot design and unique attachments.
The judges awarded the team the “Against All Odds” Award because several team members were unable to attend the competition at the last minute due to poor road conditions and family commitments. The four students who competed were forced to rewrite their project script the morning of the competition to accommodate the missing students. The students also pulled off some last minute programming to improve their table score, and ended the day in a three way tie for third place. Additionally, the Judges recognized the students for their enthusiasm.
FIRST Lego® League is a worldwide program in which students age 9-14 design, build and program a robot made from Lego® components to complete tasks and earn points on a Lego® playing field. Additionally, the teams complete a science fair type project which relates to a different theme each year in which they research and solve a problem. Students are taught to work under the “Core Values,” which encourages them to work as a team, share what they learn with others and have fun. Students are also taught to embrace the principles of Gracious Professionalism and Cooperation which includes helping the competition. Some of the Moosebots assisted the rookie Seward Robotics team coached by Mica Van Buskirk and Heather Shank.
This year’s project theme is Hydrodynamics and the Moosebots learned about the local Moose Pass water cycle and how the water at the Moose Pass school was recently made potable.
Members of the team include Casey Bryden, Jean Clarisse-Kingsford, Aly Guernsey, Trevor Guernsey, Emma Hornberger, Jack Lindquist, Alejandro Sanchez and Francisco Sanchez. They attend the Moose Pass School and Seward Middle School. The team is coached by Wendy Bryden and Eva Sanchez.
The team is supported by the Moose Pass School and has received grant money from the Moose Pass Sportsman’s Club and the Seward Community Foundation, an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation.
The team will advance to the state tournament in Anchorage, which will be held January 20th.