4-H Mindstormers Robotics Team Competes at State


The Burt County 4-H Mindstormers Robotics Team competed in the State 4-H First LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition on Saturday, February 22 at the SAC Museum near Ashland.

Team members are: Amelia & Caleb Schlichting of Lyons; Jacob Unwin, of Oakland; Michael Bracht of West Point; and Lucas Niewohner of

The Burt County Mindstormers 4-H Robotics team competed recently at the state First LEGO League competition at the SAC Museum near Ashland. Showing off their LEGO robot and lots of proud smiles are: front row: Lucas Niewohner, Caleb Schlichting, Michael Bracht, Jacob Unwin and Amelia Schlichting. In the back row are their team coaches: Scott Niewohner and Tricia Bracht. Photo Credit/Michelle Niewohner.

The Burt County Mindstormers 4-H Robotics team competed recently at the state First LEGO League competition at the SAC Museum near Ashland.
Showing off their LEGO robot and lots of proud smiles are: front row: Lucas Niewohner, Caleb Schlichting, Michael Bracht, Jacob Unwin and Amelia Schlichting. In the back row are their team coaches: Scott Niewohner and Tricia Bracht. Photo Credit/Michelle Niewohner.

 

4-H Mindstormers Robotics members are: Lucas Niewohner, Caleb Schlichting, Amelia Schlichtung, Jacob Unwin and Michael Bracht. Photo Credit/Rosa Schmidt.

4-H Mindstormers Robotics members are: Lucas Niewohner, Caleb Schlichting, Amelia Schlichtung, Jacob Unwin and Michael Bracht. Photo Credit/Rosa Schmidt.

Herman. Their coaches are Tricia Bracht and Scott Niewohner. This is the first year the group has entered competition and to go to state is quite an accomplishment.

The Burt County team was in first place through the first round of the Robot Game portion of competition, however there are three rounds and only the highest score out of the three rounds is counted. During this competition the team programs their robot to do it’s “disaster rescue.” The theme for this year’s competition was “Nature’s Fury”. The Mindstormers chose a tornado as the natural disaster they wanted their robot to address. These young robotic engineers ended up in 5th place out of 44 teams in the Robot Game competition.

The other three parts of the contest are judged by two judges including: project solutions, core values and robot design. Only the top three teams are recognized in these parts of the competition. The Burt County team did not place that high in these judging area so they remain unaware of how well they compared.

The top two teams from the state competition go on to nationals either in California or Toronto, Canada. Unfortunately the Burt County Mindstormers won’t be packing their bags or getting a passport to continue their robotics experience, but they still have plans in the works.

While the official First LEGO League competition is now finished for the year, the Mindstormers have entered their solutions for their tornado disaster situation in the “FLL Global Innovation Award” competition. According to the award website many FLL teams have had the innovative solutions they created through the FLL project lead to some amazing opportunities. These include local and national media coverage, meeting government leaders and seeing their invention be patented and brought to the market. For some, their inventions have changed lives.

I expect great things from this young Burt County group…maybe not this year, but certainly in the near future. They are an extremely talented group of 4-H members who hit the ground running their first year in the FLL robotics competition. Hat’s off to the 4-H Mindstormers and their coaches for a job well done!

 

 

Mary Loftis,

Extension Assistant
UNL Extension – Burt County
111 North 13th Street, Suite 6
Tekamah, NE 68061
Phone: (402) 374-2929

Fax: (402) 374-2930

Internet: mloftis2@unl.edu

 

About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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