Building Great Futures Brick by Brick!
What do you do when the day starts with adversity? If you’re part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County LEGO Team, you look at the challenge and say, “I got this.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County participated in their first-ever FIRST LEGO LEAGUE CHALLENGE. Although it didn’t start as smoothly as they wanted, it was a day filled with fun and amazing lessons.
Let’s take a step back a few months to give you a better picture. Most teams prepare 4 to 6 months for the competition. The Boys & Girls Clubs team had 6 to 8 weeks to prepare. Given the circumstances they were facing the question was posed… Should we do this? In the end, the decision was yes, let’s do it for the kids. So regardless of the challenge they faced with the abbreviated timeframe, the team of 5th – 7th graders moved forward, working hard to complete 3 out of 8 possible missions for the competition.
The day of the competition arrived, and an excited team was ready to compete. When the team walked in though they found out almost immediately that they were at risk of being disqualified. The team had put the information and instructions on how the robots perform the missions on the team’s laptop. Where it needed to be was programmed into the actual robots on the game table.
“We didn’t realize we couldn’t take our laptop to the gaming table. Everything had to be programmed into the robot,” says Christian Aitkin, Teen Assistant at Goshen Club.
Time was of the essence as the team frantically tried to figure out how to solve this dilemma. Calmly, looking at the challenge they were facing, Andrew, one of our Club Members looked at the task before them and confidently said, “I got this.” He quickly went to work successfully transferring all the information to the robots. Talk about clutch!
The team watched excitedly as their score improved after each round. In the end, out of 25 teams, the team finished 2 spots out of moving on to the next round of competition.
“Our members learned so many lessons that day about adversity, perseverance, and not giving up.” Says Aitkin. He continues, “We plan on competing again.” The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE CHALLENGE is open to Club members 4th through 12th grade.