Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 15, 2014
Sedgwick team takes second overall in recent LEGO robotics tournament
by Faith DeAmbrose
The Sedgwick Elementary School’s LEGO robotics team took second place overall at the Northern Maine Robotics Track Meet May 3. Three individual teams took first place spots in their divisions, making the LEGO program “the most successful” in the school’s history, said Coach Meg Carter after the meet.
The school sent 12 students, boys and girls from fifth through eighth grades. They registered for eight missions in the competition, which meant two teams for the school: team #1 was called Electric Mayhem, team #2 was called Mastermind.
LeeAnn Varnum and Lauren Brown took first place for the Steeplechase event. This was Varnum’s third straight year winning that event.
Team newbies Jonah Kastelic and Nathan Dauk took first place for the slope climb event.
Hannah Rankin and Jaycob Wilbur took second place with their bridge made of LEGOs, and Jason Herrick took second place in the speed build competition.
Cole Dewey took first place in the strongest robot competition which is a lot like a tractor pull, but with a robot instead.
When all was said and done, said Carter, the school took second place overall for the Northern Maine Robotics Track Meet.
Next up for the LEGO team is some fundraising, said Carter, so the team can stay up-to-date in the LEGO world. “LEGO released a new brick, the EV3. Now that some of the competitions are allowing use of the new brick, as well as the NXT that we use, we would like to purchase a few for the team to learn so we can keep them as up to date with the current technologies,” Carter said. She said donations are being accepted and anyone wishing to donate to the program can call her at 333-2288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.