Clash of the Bots – GM LEGO Challenge with FHSD Middle Schools
Posted on 04/07/2017
Clash of the Bots – GM LEGO Challenge with FHSD Middle Schools

The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) continues to spark innovation and creativity with a variety of programs for students. On Friday, March 3, students in the Robotics Clubs at Saeger, Barnwell, Bryan, and Francis Howell Middle Schools competed in the General Motors LEGO Challenge at St. Charles Community College.

Teams were comprised of four to six students, tasked with building and programming LEGO robots to carry out assigned functions. Each team’s design, presentation, and “accuracy of deliverables” was then judged, including items such as bid proposal forms and time sheets. The ultimate goal is to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and what better way than a battle of the bots?

“We couldn't be more proud of our teams representing our school,” said Dave Spies, Saeger’s Robotics Club sponsor. “Our students did an amazing job, and displayed so much tenacity in their work!”

The competition is designed to give students a real-life perspective on what it takes to build a robot, and even offers career preparation. Each team was required to estimate how much the robot would potentially cost in a career setting, the number of hours the students needed to build the robot, and the cost of materials.

Team members were assigned different jobs such as safety engineer, mechanical engineer, and project manager. The job of the robot was to pick up a block assembly, and place it in the designated drop location. The robot was also required to demonstrate the ability to repeat the process for more than one block assembly.

Congratulations to all those who participated. 

Bryan Middle School

Team Name

Place

Division

Cool Kidz

4th

Green

Fractal

5th

Blue

Cyber Geeks

5th

Maroon

6 Cyber Girls

6th

Green

Danger Noodles

7th

Blue

Tech Boyz

8th

Gray

Nightfall

8th

Maroon

The Dukes

9th

Maroon

Cyber Titans

9th

Gray