RANDOM LAKE — The 2016-2017 school year marks a new opportunity for the Random Lake Middle School.
For the first time, students could join the FIRST LEGO League, where students practice creative thinking and teamwork. Seven students in grades fifth thru eighth joined coaches Casey Stark and Amanda Jacobson in applying science, engineering, math, and imagination to design and build lego robots. The lego-based robots are meant to develop solutions to real-world challenges.
Students prepared for their first competition at Lakeshore Technical College by taking a trip to Discovery World. The competition’s theme, Animal Allies, had students pick a topic to formulate their project on. The team chose to focus on how to best care for Orcas in captivity before being released into the wild.
“The team contacted Discovery World and one of their biologists met with the students to discuss issues and solutions of animals kept in captivity,” explains Jacobson, Random Lake Middle School Principal. “The team received behind the scenes VIP tour or the aquarium. A lot was learned and they got to see some really cool stuff.”
The November 12th competition at LTC had Random Lake’s team present their solution about Orcas in captivity, how they built their robot, explain how they exemplified FIRST LEGO League’s core values during the process, and finally competed in three rounds of robot competition.
The goal of the regional competition is to help build teamwork, improve presentation skills, and basic STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts while having fun. The top ten teams move onto sectionals in Oshkosh and then onto the Championship in St. Louis or Houston to compete against teams from all over the world.
Random Lake Middle School’s team came in 19th out of 34 teams.