In August, we introduced you to the “Sharknado Chaser’s”, a team of 4th graders from a local elementary school competing for the first time in this year’s Nature’s Fury First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Challenge.

Each challenge is comprised of three parts: the robot game, the project, and the FLL Core Values that the teams compete in at an official tournament.

PeakLogix’ sponsorship of this local elementary school robotics team began with providing the necessary funding for them to purchase the FLL EV3 Robot set that can be used year after year to compete in FLL challenges.  This new community involvement stemmed from the desire for PeakLogix to get involved with providing educational experiences that help nurture young minds through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) education.

In addition to funding the team, PeakLogix provided hands-on learning activities by inviting the team to their corporate headquarters while they were in the process of building their robot.  The visit to PeakLogix provided the opportunity for the students to learn about robotics in the material handling industry and meet our engineers and ask questions about robotics.  When the Sharknado Chaser’s were finished building and programming their robot, but still waiting to compete in the regional tournament, PeakLogix hosted them on a field trip to one of their client sites to see first-hand how industrial robots are used in the manufacturing of a product they were familiar with. As you can imagine, this invoked a plethora of questions and the team interacted excitedly, learning from our engineers, project managers and service technicians while also learning about the manufactured product from the plant manager.

The Sharknado Chasers participated in the Richmond, VA tournament on Saturday, November 16, 2013.  There were 26 teams represented from the region, only four of which were rookie teams like our Sharknado Chasers.  Although the Sharknado Chasers didn’t finish in the top 3 teams (to move onto the state championship), they received a special judges award for exemplary “Gracious Professionalism” which speaks to their composure, character and strong showing of “Core Values” where they were graded on how well they worked together as a team.

We are very proud of our First Lego League Robotics Team.  The Sharknado Chasers were enthusiastic and eager to learn from us.  We look forward to next fall when we begin a new challenge with them.