Wednesday Feb 09 2011
Robotics teams to showcase creations
Weimar Hills student teams earn honors
Two robotics teams will be showcasing their award-winning creations for their classmates during lunch break today in the Weimar Hills Charter School gym. The Power Bricks and BEBO teams, both composed of Weimar Hills students, will explain the challenge table, and demonstrate their robots’ attachments and programs. Both groups were among the 48 teams invited to participate in last month’s FIRST LEGO League Northern California Championship Tournament in the Bay area. Members of The Power Bricks, a first-year team, are sixth-graders Calista Dieser, Matthew Pfeiffer, Dane Reimers, Matthew Stonestreet and Scot Wertin. First-year coaches Niels Reimers, Becky Stonestreet and John Pfeiffer were mentored by veteran coach Dave Parker. BEBO team members are fifth-graders Carson Buol, Eric Smith and Nolan Thomas; sixth-grader Steven Parker; and seventh-graders Nathan Barton and John Longtin. BEBO finished first at the Regional Tournament, earning the Robot Performance Award. The Power Bricks ranked fifth in robot performance. As a result of their award-winning performances, both teams were invited to participate in last month’s championship. FIRST LEGO League teams design, build and program robots, apply real-world math and science concepts and learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills. In competition, the teams are judged on four things: the performance of their robot, the design and programming of the robot, teamwork, and their research project relating to this year’s “Body Forward” theme. The Power Bricks chose to research the eye and developed their research project on color blindness. BEBO did research and developed a presentation on emergency room ultrasounds.