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Truckee middle schoolers win regional robotics comp

Amelia Mullin
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Northern California First Lego League competition was held at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Jan. 16.

FLL is a global challenge that helps kids better understand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) principles. In all, 22 teams competed in the league's robot games.

Tahoe Technologics came together as a first-year team, with no robotics or programming experience, to win Best Robot Performance and Best Presentation.

Tahoe Technologics is a Truckee middle school group of five girls and two boys who participated in the competition by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a large playing field.

The team evolved their programming skills and Trash Trek project with excellent coaching by Dan Wing and input from the Truckee community.

Each year the FLL has a specific theme in conjunction with the robotic project, and this year it was Trash Trek — how we can remove or reuse trash and other materials. The Project Award was given to the team whose quality research, innovative ideas, community sharing and presentation reflected an understanding of the challenge.

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During the event, the 22 teams presented their robots to a group of judges to consider the mechanical design, innovation and programming effectiveness to solve specific missions.

Our local team, Tahoe Technologics, and their bot, Tahoe Tessie, scored highest in points based upon her capabilities.

The team has qualified for the Invitation Only National Championship even May 20-22 at Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif.

We hope to raise enough money to compete. Please consider donating to the event at gofund.me/mfmkv4zc —or call Kelly Thayer at 530-277-1661.

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Amelia Mullin is a seventh-grader at Alder Creek Middle School and a member of the Tahoe Technologics team.