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#MySci411: Schnecksville FIRST LEGO Team Wins Regional Qualifier

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Team Igutech – the elite FIRST Lego League team of Schnecksville, Pa., middle school students – took top honors at a regional qualifier competition in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 10, 2011.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an exciting global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids ages 9-14. The Igutechs beat 35 other teams to capture the Champion’s Award at the First State FIRST LEGO League event at Wilmington’s Conrad School of Science – earning them a spot in the First State FIRST LEGO League Champion’s tournament in Jan. 2012.

Five of the eight Team Igutech members are seventh grade students at Orefield Middle School, Orefield, Pa. Those students are Sydney Neth, Justin Evans, Stewart Albert, Ferdinand Schall, and Tilman Guenther. Team Igutech also includes students Henrik zu Jeddeloh, Cole Connolly and Kevin Raneri.

Team Igutech’s robot, built entirely from Lego pieces, uses a programmable Lego Mindstorms unit as its core. This year’s competition required the entry to run autonomously and fulfill pre-defined tasks within two minutes and thirty seconds. These tasks included picking up a Lego truck and pulling it back to the base and delivering a handful of Lego grocery items to a small table on the field.

In addition to robot design and programming, FIRST Lego League judges evaluate each team’s work on a research project that is not related to Lego robotics. This year’s research theme is food Contamination. The IguTechs researched contamination caused by poor hand-washing habits in schools, restaurants, and other food-service industry locations. After determining that many people do not wash hands after using the bathroom, the Igutechs developed a “CleanBox,” an integrated hand washing station that rewards the user.

Team Igutech helped the Da Vinci Science Center open its Summer of Manufacturing in June 2011 when one of its robots cut the ceremonial ribbon for the Center’s presentation of the How People Make Things exhibit.


Dennis Zehner, 484.664.1002, Ext. 112
Image Courtesy: Team Igutech
 

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