Oakbrook Preparatory School

Oakbrook's Robo-Knights headed to FLL state championship Saturday

Oakbrook's middle school Robotics team will compete in the FIRST Lego League state championship Saturday at Easley High School. 

Oakbrook's middle school Robotics team will compete in the FIRST Lego League state championship Saturday at Easley High School. 

FIRST Lego League is a worldwide program in its 18th year of getting children eager to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Robo-Knights receieved the Best Project Award during the recent regional qualifier held at Oakbrook. The team also had a rare perfect score on the core values presentation. 

Teams compete by researching real-world problems such as food safety, recycling, energy, and are challenged to develop a solution. Using Lego Mindstorms technologies and Lego education materials, children work to design, build, and program autonomous robots and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project. This year’s challenge, Trash Trek, is all about reducing, reusing, and recycling the items we do not need anymore. 

Oakbrook's team developed an app to help identify unused electronics cords and how to re-purpose or recycle the cords safely. In addition to presenting their projects, teams will have to program their robots to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course set on a table-top playing field. Game missions include demolishing a building and salvaging valuable materials from the debris, converting organic material into fertilizer, and reusing methane produced in a landfill to power a truck and/or factory.

The championship will include more than 50 teams, including one from Oakbrook, that will be judged in three areas: core values, project, and robot design. The winner will be invited to compete at the Razorback Open Invitational in May.

Members of this year's team include:

Avery Acker

Jackson Collins

Parker Harrington

William Lovelace

Levi McKenzie

Kate Perry

Jakob Rupert

Leah Womick

Luke Womick

Brad Yielding

For more information on the FIRST Lego League, please visit http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll.


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