Ele­men­tary school team reaches Lego cham­pi­onship

The team will com­pete in the cham­pi­onship in Fe­bru­ary

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Staff

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. >> A Malta Ele­men­tary School ro­bot­ics team has ad­vanced to the FIRST Lego League cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment, in Fe­bru­ary, by fin­ish­ing sec­ond place over­all in a re­cent qualifier.

Nine FIRST Lego League teams, in­clud­ing Malta Bots, and six Ju­nior teams took part in the event at Ballston Spa High School.

A Queens­bury team called Brick­2Brick took top hon­ors in the FIRST Lego League com­pe­ti­tion, while the Malta Bots fin­ished sec­ond. Malta Ele­men­tary School is part of Ballston Spa Cen­tral Schools.

This year’s chal­lenge, “Into Or­bit,” re­quired stu­dents to de­sign a Lego ro­bot that could be pro­grammed to op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently on the com­pe­ti­tion ta­ble and ac­com­plish sev­eral

space-re­lated tasks.

The teams were judged based on the ro­bot’s per­for­mance, de­sign, and core value for a project in­no­va­tion that would help earth­lings get to Mars.

The cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment is sched­uled for Satur­day, Feb. 9 at Dutchess Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Pough­keep­sie.

In the Ju­nior FIRST Lego League event, chil­dren ages 6 to 9 were asked to de­sign and build a moon base us­ing Le­gos.

Ballston Spa teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion were from Gor­don Creek, Malta Av­enue, and Wood Road ele­men­tary schools, and two teams from Ballston Spa Mid­dle School.

Awards were made in sev­eral other cat­e­gories dur­ing the re­cent qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment. Win­ners are:

• Ro­bot De­sign (Bionic Builders, Ballston Spa Mid­dle School)

• Project Award (Lake Ge­orge War­riors, Lake Ge­orge Cen­tral Schools)

• Core Val­ues (Malta Bots, Malta Ele­men­tary School)

• Ro­bot Per­for­mance (Malta Bots, Malta Ele­men­tary School)

The FIRST pro­gram, which stands For In­spi­ra­tion and Recog­ni­tion of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, was founded in 1989. Three lev­els of com­pet­i­tive chal­lenges are of­fered each year to youths around the globe.

For in­for­ma­tion about the Feb. 9 cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment go to www.sun­y­dutchess.edu/legoleague/ or Ballston Spa Science Co­or­di­na­tor Diane Ir­win may be con­tacted by email at: [email protected] or by call­ing the high school (518) 884-7150.

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Mem­bers of the Malta Bots team from Malta Ele­men­tary School re­act to a suc­cess­ful de­mon­stra­tion of their project dur­ing a re­cent FIRST Lego League com­pe­ti­tion at Ballston Spa High School.

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Malta Bots team mem­bers Ethan Sisk and Alex Ylin­iemi, left to right, work on their project dur­ing a re­cent FIRST Lego League qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment.

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