Local First Lego League Team Hopeful for State Tournament

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Updated: 1/18/2013 6:56 pm

        The First Lego League of Idaho recently held a regional competition and this year’s winners are a team named D6, they’re from Rigby and are going to compete for the state title in about a week.

This robot made out of Lego’s is pretty impressive, and so are the kids who built it.

They’re part of a First Lego League team and they compete in three areas; one is robotics, the other is a project to help senior citizens and the third is core values.

“For our project we came up with a video game called History Alive, and where we got this idea was when we went to a senior home to interview seniors and one of the seniors named Charlie said that he had trouble bowling on the Wii because of his developing tremors, so we came up with a video game that could help seniors regain their memory and it could help them make friends in their senior homes or friends far away” said Ben Brown.

If inventing things to help senior citizens isn’t hard enough, try programming one of these robots to do different tasks on their own.

“They have blocks of programming where you enter in the values where you need to drive, and it’s actually the basics for some of the programming they use like on the Mars Rover Curiosity, and so it’s just preparing us for the real world” said Porter Nelson.

Something else that prepares the young competitors for the real world is the core values section of the competition.

“I think it’s helped me because when we have to cooperate with the other teams, I know in school if we’re doing a group project I’m able to cooperate with the other members of my group better, and it’s also helped me, it’s made me want to be an engineer, so it’s helped me in career path” continued Brown.

The state First Lego League Tournament will be in Twin Falls on January 26th.

There are also two other teams from Rigby in School District 251 that are going to state.

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