December 17, 2013 > Robotics rookies
Submitted By Geeta Arora
The Rowdy Robots, fourth grade students at Delaine Eastin Elementary School in Union City, recently competed in their first ÒFIRST Lego LeagueÓ (FFL) competition and learned to work as a team when under pressure. Team members Albert An, Rayna Arora, Esha Bhasin and Sean Lee, coached by Nimar Arora and DarShyang Lee are part of a worldwide effort led by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) to instill interest in science and technology. Each year, FIRST competition is centered on a topic that challenges teams to create innovative solutions for a universal problem. This year, the task was to find an answer to the havoc created by natural disasters Ð ÒNatureÕs Fury; when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play.Ó Teams were judged on not only robot competition, but an explanation and demonstration of problem solving as a team, creativity and robot design.
A well-stocked underground tunnel system was proposed by Team Rowdy Robots to protect citizens during times of natural disasters. The team performed a skit to help judges understand their concept. In the robotics challenge, Team RowdyÕs robot did well in the practice round, but suffered technical difficulties during qualifying matches. Though they didnÕt qualify for the Northern California Regional Tournament, the Rowdy Robots are looking forward to a bright future.