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Local Students Compete in Lego League

Updated: Tuesday, December 10 2013, 01:12 PM EST
ROSS TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Josh Knight) -- Ross School District students have one week left until their big robotics competition on November 23. They are part of the FIRST Lego League competition.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) aims to inspire youth to get involved in science and technology. Parents and coaches say its a lot of hours, but it is definitely working.

The competition involves much more than just building with Legos and programming robots. This years theme was Natures Fury. Teams picked a natural disaster and a real-world problem people have to deal with associated with that type of disaster.

Then, they researched these problems and had to come up with real solutions.

"My favorite part is the research, so I always come back, because they could not do it without me, obviously, said Caitlyn Wagonfield jokingly, an eighth grader at Ross Middle School.

Caitlyn is part of the Metal Chihuahuas and her team focused on hurricanes. She remembers when remnants of Hurricane Ike moved through the Tri-State.

I know stuff in my neighborhood got damaged and just a little taste of that, it makes you realize that people really do lose everything, she said.

The Metal Chihuahuas focused on hurricane preparation. They designed an App to help people save important documents and memories straight to the internet.

"You can access it from anywhere in the world. So if anything you have gets destroyed you have your insurance papers, documents, certificates, photos, it's great, said Caitlyn.

Teams also talked with engineers from Proctor & Gamble and coordinators from FEMA to help research the topic.

The robotics portion involves programming a robot on wheels with a moving arm to complete different missions. The robot works on a large course that is set up as a town after a natural disaster.

The students on the different teams are very excited about the real world applications to their projects and say it is all about team work.

"Honestly, I love the people that I'm with and wouldn't have met these people if it wasn't for this and they've become some of my best friends, said Caitlyn.

16 teams will compete on Saturday and four of the winning teams will move onto the District competition in January.

FIRST was founded by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway and is now in more than 55 countries!

More information about the Rambotics Regional  FLL Tournament is available at

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