Team Legorio, a group of four second grade students from Jefferson Elementary School, won the “Amazing Robot Design Award” at the Livingston Robotics Club FLL Jr. Expo. Over 40 teams from all over New Jersey participated in the event, held in Livingston on Saturday, May 27. 

After presenting their design to the judges, Team Legorio, a newcomer to the competition, was presented with the prestigious award, to the excitement of the young team members and their parents. The “Amazing Robot Design Award” recognizes the extensive use of all robotics components in the model, including sensor, motor, gears and advanced programming.

The competition was part of the FIRST Lego League Jr. (FLL Jr.) challenge, which is designed to introduce elementary age students to STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). The program utilizes Lego kits designed specifically for use by FLL Jr., and includes a motorized part that the children incorporate into the design. 

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This year’s challenge is called “Creature Craze,” and requires teams to depict a bee in the ecosystem and its contribution to the environment. Team Legorio created a Lego robotics model with multiple components, including a crane that models the flying of a bee to move the honey, a honey shaker which shakes the honey out of the comb, a tumbler which extracts the honey, as well as an owl with a rotating neck which protects the hive from mice. The model also included sensors which moved the mice and shaker when prompted. 

The students designed and built the models, and also configured block coding to control the model. As part of the competition, each team is required to present their model to the judges, and then field questions regarding their design. After its successful performance at its first competition, Team Legorio is looking forward to next year’s FLL Jr. challenge.