On Saturday, January 20, 2018, the Hay Springs Jr. Robotics Team made their official debut in Sidney, NE. The team, launched in October 2017, has been following the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Curriculum. This program, in conjunction with 4-H, introduces kids ages 6-10 to STEM concepts. This year’s theme was AQUA ADVENTURE. The teams learned Core Values of the program, conducted research, utilized Engineering Notebooks, voted on team names, selected real-world water problems to tackle, engineered and built LEGO models to solve their problems, programmed moving parts to include in their models, and managed to have fun in the process! The teams compiled their hard work and ideas on “Show Me” Posters which were presented along with their LEGO builds at the showcase in Sidney.
Hay Springs had three of the seven teams participating in the Junior Division. It was remarkable to see our school represented in such an impressive manner. This was the first expo experience for all involved. The kids did an amazing job presenting and answering the judge’s questions. The parents and family members that made the trip completed this awesome positive experience. The dedication and support of so many individuals made this “experiment” possible!
The “RoboKids” team consisted of Riggen Binger, Jacob Dorshorst, Cora Summers and Catherine Two Bulls. The “RoboHawks” team consisted of Luke Edwards, Brayden Heiting, Cade McKillip and Easton Mintken. The “Smartie Hawks” team consisted of Emma Albrecht, Mason Albrecht, Megan Anderson, Will Gaswick and Devyn Young. The teams were coached by Melissa Mracek and Erika Gaswick. Many thanks to Miriam Kearns and the “big” robotics team for visiting with us and showing us what our future may hold. Thanks also to Aaron Taylor for speaking to our group about our water and it’s journey.