The New School LEGO Robotics Team competed at the FIRST LEGO League World Class State Championship, winning first place in Arkansas in the project category. The team advances to the North American International competition in West Virginia from July 7 to 9.
Teams were challenged to think of people and animals as allies in the quest to make life better for everyone. The project award recognizes a team that utilizes diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified. Judges base their decision on a combination of research, innovation and presentation shown by each team.
The New School team identified the problem of human and snake interaction. Snakes are seen as dangerous creatures and often killed for fear of potentially biting humans. The New School LEGO Robotics team developed a phone application to identify snakes and educate individuals in order to help humans stay safe and save snakes from being killed unnecessarily. Students are also working with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to help distribute the app throughout the state of Arkansas.
“We are very proud of our students for their hard work and creativity,” said Phil Schwartz, Head of Upper School and Academic Dean and LEGO Robotics sponsor. “This is an incredible honor, and we are excited to take the next step competing at the Mountain State Invitational.”