The Boneyard Botz, Helotes Elementary School’s FIRST Lego League Robotics Team, is gearing up for the competition this month. This is their first year and they are excited to be part of this program that inspires young people to be science and technology leaders.
Even though they stay 3 hours a week to brainstorm, build, and create, the students don’t mind. “It’s so worth it”, says Gus Berry, fourth grader, “It’s fun!” His classmate, Hazen Lunt, has this to say about Robotics, “It’s teaching me about programming, teamwork, and I’m having a good experience learning about robots!”
FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” and the event has expanded worldwide, with over 29,000 teams in almost 80 countries working to develop solutions using technology and teamwork.
The team is programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), and is developing a real world solution to a real world trash problem they have identified. The team is tackling the huge plastic water bottle problem and they are now sharing their findings with the community at large.
“It gives them an opportunity to think about the world around them and solve real life problems in an exciting way,” said Dana Burrier, one of the coaches for the Helotes Team.
“They get to build, experiment, and present their solutions,” she said. “It applies math, science and technology in a fun way – everyone loves LEGOs. What child wouldn’t love doing that?”
The Boneyard Botz would like to invite the community to attend their FIRST FLL Qualifier Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Central Catholic High School.