Beverly students advance to robotics world championship

January 8, 2019 by  

Three eighth graders from the Waring School in Beverly, an independent school for grades 6 through 12, recently won the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship for Eastern Massachusetts, which will qualify them for the FLL World Championship in Detroit coming up in April

Waring Coach Francis Schaeffer said that last year, when the team failed to qualify for the state tournament, members continued to meet past the end of the season, broke down their robots, analyzed their project, and then started to build it up again one Lego brick at a time. Banner printing can be used to create displays to inform the community of such efforts and their resultant achievements.

One team member, Peter Hanna, added that everyone was motivated to stay late and work on weekends as they found the subject matter fascinating.

For the competition, the team designed a solution to long-duration space travel. It created a 40-age binder of diagrams, research, and plans on how to grow plants rich in vitamins in space. During the process, the team also regularly communicated with a top professional in the field of bioastronautics at NASA.

The goal of FIRST LEGO League competitions is to encourage students in middle school to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) using robotics to solve a real-world problem.