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Lego Robotics teams represent Valdez well coaches say

Valdez students will compete statewide this February after virtual event


Have you heard the great news about the Bananabots, Super Brotatoes and Red Hot Robot Masters?

These names belong to three LEGO robotics teams in Valdez, and all three teams performed extremely well at a recent "virtual" qualifying event December 6 at George Gilson Middle School, GMS.

It was a "virtual" event for the GMS Bananabots team and the Super Brotatoes and Red Hot Robot Masters from Hermon Hutchens Elementary School (HHES) because the teams competed via video conferencing along with four LEGO teams in North Slope communities.

Photo courtesy Valdez City Schools

The Hermon Hutchens Lego Robotics team.

All three Valdez teams earned top honors in three categories: robot performance, robot design and core values/teamwork. This is the fourth year for LEGO robotics in Valdez and the first time 30 team members have been able to compete. In the past, participation was limited to ten students.

All three teams are working hard to prepare for the statewide "First LEGO League" competition in Fairbanks February 7. At this event, the Valdez teams will compete against 35 LEGO robotics teams in four categories: robot design, robot performance, team "core values" and a real-life project related to this year's theme about improving education.

Organizers say they are very proud of how the LEGO robotics team members have represented Valdez for the fourth year in a row and thank community sponsors as well as district staff members that worked hard to support the teams.


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