By Andrew Christiansen

Goldendale and Klickitat take top two places in regional robotics competition, both headed to State


Andrew Christiansen

GAME BOARD: Coach Jennifer Smith discusses items on the First Lego League robotics competition board with members of the Goldendale club. The game pattern is purchased from FLL and is the same for all teams. Pictured are some of the tasks that have to be negotiated by a programmed Lego robot. The students do their own programming, design and assembly of their robots. During the robot competition, teams complete as many tasks as possible during a 2.5 minute run. The robot takes a ring from the completed task and places it on a rack. The robot returns to the starting box for reprogramming and refitting with different attachments between tasks. The teams are also evaluated for a study question, demonstration of Core Values, programming and robot design.

In just their fourth year of competing in the First Lego League (FLL), Goldendale's middle school team won its second regional all-around championship, advancing to the State competition. The team of seventh and eighth grade students, dubbed Ninjas in the Night consists of Natalie Conroy, Jade Smith, Cameron Mains, Erick Evans, Mark Blunt and Zachary Senn.

Lego robotics is an extracurricular activity in Goldendale. FLL is a national non-profit organization that works with schools to design competition that supports the science and math curriculum. Students from fourth through eighth grade are eligible to compete. Teams consist of six to 10 students.

Goldendale had three teams this year, t...

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