Students from elementary and middle schools in Martinsville gathered at the Martinsville Middle School gym on Saturday morning to showcase their creativity and robotics skills at the regional qualifying tournament for First LEGO League LEGO Robotics. The competition, which lasted for about six hours, brought together teams from both the local area and outside the region.
This year, the teams were tasked with imagining new ways to create and communicate art across the globe. The tournament consisted of two main components: the innovation project and the robot game. Each team had to come up with an innovative project related to art and develop a robot capable of completing various missions within a specified time period.
One noteworthy project involved the creation of a podcast aimed at fostering a sense of community and connection among its listeners. Another team took on the challenge of reducing Styrofoam pollution in the oceans by repurposing trash into wearable jewelry. These projects exemplified the students’ ingenuity and commitment to making a positive impact on their community and the environment.
In the robot game, teams had to design, build, and program a robot to complete different missions, showcasing their engineering, problem-solving, and programming skills. Some of the missions included themes like 3D cinema, theater scene change, augmented reality, and sound mixing.
The regional qualifying tournament served as a stepping stone for the teams, leading up to the state competition in December. In previous years, Martinsville teams have excelled at the state level, with several teams winning awards and even qualifying for the world finals.
The event not only provided a platform for students to showcase their innovation and robotics skills but also fostered collaboration, teamwork, and creativity among participants. It was a testament to the power of hands-on learning and the limitless potential of young minds when given the opportunity to explore and create.
Q: What was the purpose of the regional qualifying tournament?
A: The purpose of the tournament was to showcase students’ innovation and robotics skills.
Q: What were the two main components of the competition?
A: The two main components were the innovation project and the robot game.
Q: What were some of the missions in the robot game?
A: Some of the missions included 3D cinema, theater scene change, augmented reality, and sound mixing.
Q: What was one noteworthy project at the tournament?
A: One noteworthy project involved the creation of a podcast for community connection, while another team focused on turning trash into wearable jewelry.
Q: What is the next stage after the regional qualifying tournament?
A: The next stage is the state competition, which will take place in December.
Sources: Martinsville Bulletin (martinsvillebulletin.com)