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Competitive robotics in Kane County take top awards at DSU qualifier

Members of the sixth grade team testing out the robots they built for the competition. Photos by Angie Reidhead.

The 4-H First Lego League Robotics in Kane County has continued to grow and thrive despite the

challenges of the past two years. The dedication of the volunteer coaches and kids has been phenomenal. Lego League Robotics provides kids the opportunity to use Legos, robotics, teamwork and coding to address real world issues.

The theme this year was Cargo Connect. The teams were tasked with identifying an issue related to the theme, determining an innovative solution to this problem and sharing this solution with a panel of judges. Additionally, they build and code their robot to complete various tasks related to the theme (as part of the robot games). Some of the specific issues identified and addressed by teams include shortage of truck drivers, eco-friendly cargo delivery and package theft.

Kanab’s Nugget Knights looking pretty pleased with their Lego Robotic display at the Utah South FIRST LEGO League Tournament on Saturday, January 22.

On January 22, 4-H Robotic teams from Kane County competed at the Utah South FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament at Dixie State winning several top awards. Buffalos in Bowties won second place for Robot Design and advanced to the state tournament. The Nugget Knights took third in the all-around Champions award and also advanced to the state tournament. The Cowgirls finished the tournament with the second highest score for the Robot Game, took second place in the all-around Champions award and also advanced to the state tournament. In addition, Brianna

Larmore was awarded the Outstanding Coaches award.

The seventh grade Cowgirls took second place in the Robot Games and advanced to the Lego Robotic state tournament.

A special thank you to the parents, volunteer coaches and businesses who supported the teams this season. Thank you to South Central Communication, Stephen Jantz, Alicia McCormick, Tyler Shoaf, Robert Lacey, Brianna Larmore, Tyson Glover, Emily Peterson, Janine Josie, Elyse Broadhead, and Eva and Richard Raddatz.

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