First Lego League Regional Competition

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28 Neah-Kah-Nie students attended the Regional FIRST Lego League Tournament on Saturday December 2nd at George Fox University. Four teams called The Purritos, Waterpipes, Hydro-Works, and Droplets ran their robots to complete missions on a performance field, presented their research projects on a topic in the area of Human Water usage, and showed off their competitive and cooperative teamwork skills in a CORE values activity.
At the end of the day the Droplets became the first NKN team ever to qualify for a place at the state competition in January. Their project which is an ultrasonic well monitoring system run by an Arduino computer, monitors the amount of water remaining in a well continuously. The future goal is to make this system solar powered and create an app that can tell you remotely how full the well is. This project received 8 exemplary scores from the judges out of a possible 9.
The students were excited to visit a college campus, and they got to eat lunch at Café Bon Appetit the student cafeteria for the school.
Many thanks to the Mudd-Nick Foundation and the Oregon Department of Education for funding our NKN First Lego League teams this year. Thanks also to the coaches and mentors that made participating possible. A huge thank you to Waterpipes coach Maria Fagen, Purritos coach Karen Schroetke, Hydro-Works coach Mark Balmer, mentor Brenda Edwards, and teen mentors Kyla Clark and Russell Burns.
Another volunteer who helped us develop and present our projects was the amazing Leah Tai, Hydrologist at the Mt. Hebo Ranger Station. Our projects were very strong because of her guidance and support.
Head coach Kathryn Harmon was extremely pleased with the progress of all the NKN teams, “Last year we had a hard time getting a score on the board for the robot game. This year four strong teams brought their best to this competition. I am very proud of our students.”

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