First Lego League teams prepare for December competition

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Shoal River Middle School students Braden Knewell and Samuel Wirt, both 12, test a Lego robot during open practice Oct. 26 at Bob Sikes Elementary School.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Northwest Florida’s First Lego League teams have gained insight on robotics programming techniques and strategies following open practice Oct. 26 at Bob Sikes Elementary School.

Adam Kelly, a volunteer from St. John Catholic School in Panama City, assisted his son and other students for the school's first season in the league.

"The reason for coming out here ... (was) to give our team the ability to see what (it) is like to be in a competition come December," he said. "It (gave) them the opportunity to see what other teams are doing and the approaches that they are taking."

 Students will use robots and problem-solving skills to tackle this year's challenge, "Nature's Fury," which requires teams to prepare for a natural disaster.

Teamwork is essential throughout the league, members said.

"What is great about Lego (league) ... is that you are not trying to destroy the other team; they are your friends," Shoal River Middle School student Alby Clendennin said. "It's Coopertition."

"Coopertition" is a term the league uses to stress cooperation while competing. 

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.

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