They’ve spent hours preparing their Lego robot to navigate around natural disasters, but the Central Middle School SpaceLab ONE team still needs community help getting to the next level of competition.
The group of seven students, their coach Jim McCarter and other parent volunteers need to raise more than $5,000 for their trip to the First Lego League Invitational Open Championships in Toronto in June. The team was invited to the international tournament after taking second overall in the state competition.
“What they have is they won’t give up,” McCarter said of the young team. “I have to throw them out after practice.”
SpaceLab ONE members designed and programmed a robotic Lego machine to complete a series of missions within 2.5 minutes. This year’s theme is “nature’s fury” and surviving natural disasters, so teams must transport people and pets to a storm shelter and make sure falling limbs don’t land on electrical wires. Judges give scores for robotics, core values or teamwork, technical interviews where students explain how their robot works and a research project.
The Central group chose to research flooding and has proposed to the city its idea for adding an arboretum to the flood mitigation area by Wildcat Creek.
SpaceLab ONE includes Braxton Burkett, Leisl Elkin, Nathanael Elkin, Ethan Smith, Jerzie Eagle, Wesley Grove and Andrelise Blackshear. The team is looking for sponsors, whose names would go on the back of their team T-shirts, and is planning additional fundraisers for this spring.
Contact McCarter at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Open Championships in Toronto.