Lego Robotics team utilizes technology twice over

“The Dork Side” Lego Robotics Team of Ouray School is made up of fourth and fifth graders. From left to right: Mason Disser, Lea Vann, Charlotte Vander Ploeg, Keaton Nelson, Conner Hill, Cavan Pasek, Ella Blu Vann, Wesley Rhoades, Jeep Demuth (in front).

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by Carolina King

The Ouray School Lego Robotics team, “The Dork Side,” was able to participate in a competition this weekend in Durango, despite not being able to actually get across the mountains to the Four Corners Regional Lego Robotics Competition due to snowstorms. The team, which used technology to create its robot, also had to use technology to compete virtually.

Taylor Chase, high school language arts and gifted and talented teacher who works with the team, said, “Thankfully, the tournament directors worked with the kids and they were able to film their project, send it to the judges and then Skype with the judges to address any questions they had. Thanks to this electronic participation, these fourth and fifth graders got tenth place in the tournament.”

Chase said “The Dork Side” team built a robot that was judged by its ability to complete various missions. They also had to complete a “teamwork challenge” and write about “issues that astronauts might face when living long-term in space.”