SANDY (News4Utah) – While many kids spend after school time playing sports or video games, some students at Beehive Science and Technology Academy are building robots and using them to compete.
Lots of kids play with Legos but this is serious competition. The public charter school’s Plan Bee Robotics Team designed, built and programmed a robot to perform specific tasks, called “missions”.
Beehive Academy 8th grader Aiden Pasinsky explains.
“We built a gear train that extends an arm out here and it will knock down the rain into a basket that we’ll carry back to base,” Pasinsky explained to News4Utah. “Knock down these little Lego water and it will carry them back to base which we can then use in future missions.”
They recently won Best Overall in the Utah First Lego League Qualifying Tournament and took First Place in the State Tournament, earning a trip down South.
“We get to go to International Razorback Competition, that’s what it’s called in Arkansas,” 8th grader Maya Choate said. “So basically 40 teams from around the world are going to go to Fayetteville, Arkansas.”
“We were so excited,” Pasinsky said. “We were ecstatic. We were so happy that we were moving on to a national competition.”
Down the hall, the older students of the school’s First Tech Challenge Robotics team puts Robot 3648 through its paces. Next week, they’re taking it to their national tournament in Houston, Texas.
“We’ve got it programmed so it can move side to side and drive any direction, not just forward and backward,” 10th grade student and team member Gus McGuire said. “There was a lot of trial and error. We go through a lot of different prototypes. Some work. Some don’t and we end up having to scrap a lot of ideas before we get to our final robot.”
For these guys it’s all about taking the engineering principles they learn in the classroom and then applying it to practical, real life situations.
Royd Nelson is the coach of Beehive’s FTC Robotics Team.
“It is so much fun to watch these kids do this and to see and make things happen that we only imagine,” Nelson said. “These kids, unlike sports teams, all of these kids get an opportunity to maybe go pro. They could all go and do this for a career so this is preparation that is fun and it gives them that competitive opportunity that really prepares them for their careers.”
Both teams are asking for donations to help fund their trips – if you’d like to help, go to https://plan-bee-robotics.weebly.com/
When in doubt, use PLAN BEE! We are Plan Bee and we are a First Lego League Robotics team. We attend Beehive Science & Technology Academy and we range from 6th grade – 8th grade.
Beehive Robotics team was selected to compete at the World Championships in Houston in April!!! This is a great opportunity for these kids to network with other “like minded” kids and learn from them. It’s also a huge accomplishment to be invited. These kids have worked so hard!! Here’s wher…