There’s a lot of support and teamwork as students develop engineering skill for a Lego Robotics Competition thanks to Brick Buddies, a non profit STEM organization. Students 9-14 will be challenged to research, build and program a Lego NXT Mindstorms robot to complete up to 22 Robot Missions.
When Christos Speros was a little boy, Legos were his favorite toy.
“I loved the way that you can build something from your imagination,” said Christos, 15.
As a student at Bayonet Point Middle School, Christos, who wants to become a military engineer, learned that a robotics club was being founded at the school, and that the club would compete in a tournament that involved robots built with Lego parts.
“I said, ‘Thank you God,’ ” he said.
Christos joined the Bayonet Point Middle robotics club, which last year won two honors at the first annual Robots At Rushe FLL (First LEGO League) Qualifying Tournament. In the Project Category, the Bayonet Point team Patriot Robots took first place and got the Rising Star Award.
About Brick Buddies and STEM
“Brick Buddies is something I started in Pasco … when my own student, JD, was interested in robotics and none of the schools were offering such a program,” said Brick Buddies founder and tournament director Shelley Kappeler. “We started an FLL team in our living room and have continued to help and support Pasco County schools starting competitive FLL programs.”
The tournament will feature Pasco-based teams from Bayonet Point, Crews Lake, Rushe, Chasco middle and Academy at the Lakes.
In a recent work session, Bayonet Point team members programmed a Lego robot via a computer to perform tasks pertaining to emergency management in natural disasters, like moving miniature emergency vehicles, delivering supplies, and driving over obstacles.
“Just about every profession involves technology and engineering, from medicine to agriculture, computers to police work,” said Bill Hamrick, technology teacher at Bayonet Point Middle. “They’re learning the math, science and teamwork skills that will help them get these jobs.”
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