Local students compete at regional robotics competition
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Cameron and Mackay Wakefield (right) of the Robocreeps, a Grand County robotics team in the FIRST LEGO League, compete at a Price, Utah robotics event while other members of the local BEACON team cheer them on.
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Cameron and Mackay Wakefield (right) of the Robocreeps, a Grand County robotics team in the FIRST LEGO League, compete at a Price, Utah robotics event while other members of the local BEACON team cheer them on. Courtesy photos
Students from Helen M. Knight Elementary School and Grand County Middle School recently competed at a robotics competition in Price, Utah. During the Jan. 7 event, members of the Robocreeps, a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League team formed through the BEACON after-school program in Grand County, competed against teams from across southeastern Utah for the chance to qualify for the Utah FIRST LEGO League championship competition, officials said in a news release.

Six students, under the direction of fourth-grade teacher, Linda Grawet, competed in the Price event on Jan. 7. The Robocreeps did not earn enough points to qualify for the statewide championship competition, but team officials said “everyone gained valuable experience and had a great time meeting other team members and learning from them.”

“Our team began in the summer, meeting for a couple of week-long workshops,” Grawet said. “Then, once school began, the team members have been meeting one to two times each week. Our team is young and has a lot to learn, but we have wonderful enthusiasm. We are already looking forward to building up the Team and getting ready for next year’s competition. Our kids are great and they will be a formidable team next year.”

The robotics team was funded in part through a grant from the Grand Education Foundation, which enabled the team to purchase robotic kits for the competition team and other afterschool robotic clubs at HMK, said BEACON Director Stephanie Dahlstrom.

“We are grateful to the [f]oundation for all their support and to Linda Grawet for her tireless dedication in developing the robotics program,” Dahlstrom said. “The whole thing would not have happened without her commitment and perseverance.”

The FIRST LEGO League is a national program that “helps to ignite student’s enthusiasm for discovery, science, teamwork and technology,” according to the league’s website. Kids age 9 to 14 have the opportunity to solve real-world challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface, according to the website.

“What [FIRST LEGO League] teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime,” the website states.

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