Saint Lucy School Lego Robotics team, Bolts Bots 1.0, is one of four schools to advance to the regional level of First Lego League Competition. Saint Lucy School entered two teams in this year’s First Lego League Competition. FLL is a program that introduces children aged 9 to 14 or (4th to 8th grade) to the fun and excitement of science and technology.
They do this by creating exciting missions to be completed by a robot that the children design, build and program themselves. Each year the competition has a different theme – this year’s theme was called Trash Trek.
The challenge given to the teams this year was to identify a trash or recycling issue today and come up with an innovative solution that they can later share with others. This helps the students learn about current trash related issues and increase awareness of existing recycling and disposal options.
The Saint Lucy Parish School teams are called Bolt Bots 1.0 (6th and 7th graders) and Bolt Bots 2.0 (5th graders).
Bolt Bots 1.0 worked on an idea to incentivize the public to pick up trash wherever they see it (in their neighborhood, local park etc.). They proposed a rewards/points based program where the general public will want to clean up trash they come across in order to gain points/rewards. This team was one of four selected to move on to the regional competition in January.
Bolt Bots 2.0 is working to increase awareness on how to recycle used PVC gift cards. Over one billion PVC gift cards are sold in the U.S. and Canada and most end up in our landfills once used. The Bolt Bots 2.0 have been working to promote a bigger awareness of the existing earth friendly recycling methods.