Megaminds prepare for state competition

Megaminds prepare for state competition

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Megaminds prepare for state competition

Megaminds First Lego League Robotics Team celebrates winning the Strategy and Innovation award and qualifying for the State Championship on Nov. 16. Pictured, from front left, Emmett Lerwick, Owen Ferree, Ethan Pasewald; second row, Ben Brown, Archer Davis, Owen Hemling, Megan Sutton, Evan Stearns; back row, Owen Nil.

The Beaver Dam Middle School First Lego League Robotics Team 2975, the Megaminds, is a team of nine sixth, seventh and eighth grade students working together to design robot missions, and build core values of Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, and Fun.

The 2019-20 challenge for teams was called “City Shapers,” where teams were asked to solve a problem with a city space or structure in their local community. The team chose to tackle the issue of vacant buildings in the community.

Their innovative solution involves using shipping containers to make temporary and mobile workspaces to help teams of volunteers renovate vacant buildings. Their plan was to help local owners renovate buildings for sale, while having the flexibility to move their project form one site to another. They met with local business owners, Mayor Becky Glewen, toured buildings and did lots of research, created a presentation board and worked on budgets to build a project plan.

They learned about insurance, planning projects and interview skills to help them answer questions from judges during the competition.

The team competed in the Regionals at Marquette University High School on Nov. 16, placing fourth overall and ninth in robot performance. They were nominated for the Innovative Solution and Champion Awards and won the Strategy and Innovation Award for robot design.

Next, the team competed in the Sectionals at Mukwonago High School on Dec. 14, placing fifth overall and fifth in robot performance. They again won the Strategy and Innovation Award for robot design.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, the team will compete at Wisconsin FLL State Competition at South Waukesha High School for a chance to move onto FLL Worlds in Detroit, Michigan.

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