2017-12-09 / News

Island Lego Robotics Wins Design Award at League Competition


At left: The Mackinac Island “Lake-nators” FIRST Lego robotics team won the Robot Design Award at a FIRST Lego League competition Saturday, December 2, in Sault Ste. Marie. Team members are (front, from left) Mason McLean, James Hartley, Owen Morse, Poppy Stamy, Luna Stamy; (back) Katie Burt and coach Susan Bennett. At left: The Mackinac Island “Lake-nators” FIRST Lego robotics team won the Robot Design Award at a FIRST Lego League competition Saturday, December 2, in Sault Ste. Marie. Team members are (front, from left) Mason McLean, James Hartley, Owen Morse, Poppy Stamy, Luna Stamy; (back) Katie Burt and coach Susan Bennett. Fourth and fifth graders won the award for best design during Lego robotics competition in Sault Ste. Marie. The students participated in a FIRST Lego League competition at Lake Superior State University Saturday, December 2.

The “Lake-n-ators” team includes fourth graders Mason McLean, James Hartley, Owen Morse, and Poppy Stamy, and fifth graders Katie Burt and Luna Stamy. The students received the Robot Design Award for the creativity of the machine they built. Their design featured five attachments that could perform various tasks. No pins were required to connect the attachments to their robot, which impressed the judges and led to the award.

Their coach, mathematics teacher Susan Bennett, said the students represented their school very well. She hopes the participants learn about teamwork and leadership, along with programming, research, and robotics.

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation provided $3,000 to pay for a portion of the 2018 FIRST robotics registration fee.

FIRST is an acronym for a program called For Inspiration of Science and Technology. FIRST Lego League is an international competition that challenges children to think like scientists and engineers.

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