Robotics Teams Working on New 2016 Mission
Article by Coaches Marietta Adams and Carrie Regier
This is the second year for Heartland Community Schools to have a First Lego League (FLL) Robotics team. Every year, FIRST ® releases a challenge based on a real world event. This year’s challenge is called “ANIMAL ALLIES.” The goal for all FLL teams is to find an innovative solution dealing with the interactions that occur between humans and animals. The teams identify a problem and come up with a solution while working through their core values. Students also program an EV3 robot to complete missions on the LEGO playing field. As part of the research process, team members went to the Central Nebraska Humane Society in Grand Island. Their time was spent touring the facility and spending time socializing with the dogs and cats. The teams have worked with Margalee Thomas on programming robots and running them through mazes. Coaches Carrie Regier and Marietta Adams are returning for second year coaching the teams. The Cy-Dawgs consist of Wyatt Panko, Owen Mierau, Dawson Ohrt, Tyler Lewis, Lisa Buller, Aaron Goertzen, Karla Cool, Ayden Rea, Kevin Quiring, and Austin Wichman. The Heartland Robobots consist of Cooper Regier, Tobin Glinsmann, Lauren Quiring, Taylynn Scheil, Zach Wichman, Heath Perez, Josh Caldwell, Justin Caldwell, and Jamie Rowe. The teams are preparing for their Qualifying Competition that will be in Columbus on January 28, 2017.
The Heartland Robobots have decided to focus their project on the interactions that occur between farmers and animals that cause them problems. As part of their research, team members have created a survey they would like as many farmers across the U.S. to answer. If you are a farmer or know someone who is, please click on the link and answer the questions or share the link with someone that farms.