Nathan Bishop Middle School’s Lego Robotics Team, the East Side Crows, is also participating the FIRST Lego League (FLL) and was required to build and program an autonomous robot, using the Lego MINDSTORMS robot set to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by FLL Core Values.
More than 80 teams in Rhode Island and 25,000 globally are part of the FLL, which introduces young people ages 9-14 (grades 4-8) to the fun and excitement of science and technology.
Teams also fundraise, create a team identity and talk to experts in the field. The team was required to “field test” their invention by presenting it to the target community to obtain feedback.
The robotics team was willing to challenge themselves by “field testing” their invention before Supt. Dr. Susan Lusi, Chief of Administration Joseph DiPina, Executive Zone Director Marc Catone, and Scott Sutherland, executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional learning. The robot performed well as it followed a line and threw a ball into a goal.
The team will compete in a robot competition on January 24 at Bryant University. Team members are Nick Rose, Jeremy Satlow, Massiah LaFortune, Ian Dyer and Duke Bozikowski. Bob Bozikowski is the team coach.