Coe Elementary’s robotics team, ‘Coebotics‘, will be traveling to California in May to compete in FLL (First Lego League) national competition at Legoland, according to a story by Mary Cropp in the Seattle PI. The eight-person team made up of 4th and 5th graders will be the sole representatives of Washington state at the competition.
Using the Lego Mindstorms systems, Coe students work together in FLL competitions to solve realistic world issues, “such as using a robotic unit to rescue victims from, or deliver supplies to a burning or unstable building,” according to Cropp. From the Coebotics website:
Robotics is the ultimate team activity. All good robots and robotic devices are created by teams of engineers, biologists, artists and programmers to name a few disciplines. Because of this need of integrating many science, engineering and social science skills into a great Robot, it is an ideal discipline to start teaching as young as Kindergarten. It allows students of any ability to be part of a great accomplishment.