CVESD Schools Shine in Robotics Competition

On Saturday, December 7, the Olympic View Elementary Eagle Eye Engineers Robotics Team received the “Rising Star Award” at the FIRST LEGO League 2013 Championship Tournament that took place at Legoland California in San Diego.

The Enrique S. Camarena Elementary Robotics Team received the “Inspiration Award.” There were 53 teams that participated in the competition.

Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., showed his support of 21st Century Learning Skills by asking the teams essential questions about their projects and encouraging students to continue on their journey of exploration. Parents, teachers and school administrators all showed their support for the five CVESD schools that made it to the Championship Tournament.

This year’s theme was “Nature’s Fury,” where more than 228,000 children from more than 80 countries explored the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams discovered what can be done when intense natural events meet the places where people live, work and play.

FIRST LEGO League teams chose a community to research, learned about the natural event that could cause a natural disaster in that community, researched obstacles, and then created an innovative solution to help keep people and property safe before, during and/or after a natural disaster. They shared their problem and solution with others, and built, tested, and programmed an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course.

“Through the NATURE’S FURY Challenge, the teams can appreciate the impact of disasters on people in different parts of the world, so they’ll have more empathy and become more inclined to help create better devices to help deal with natural disasters,” said James Hazlett, International Services Manager, American Red Cross. “The challenge can help develop future emergency response engineers.”

–Information provided courtesy of Olympic View Elementary

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