4-H Lego League has first competition Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 November 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – One of three First Lego League teams goes through a final run-through with its robot on Thursday. The teams head to a regional qualifier on Saturday at Churchville.

The 4-H program in Orleans County started FLL a year ago with one team. The program has grown to 26 children and three teams. Participants are ages 8 to 14.

Some of the members of the KOWZ (Kids Only Work Zone) get ready for a demonstration with their robot on Thursday. The robot is programmed to conquer different obstacles on the table.

The pictured team members include, from left: Jayden Neal, Ben Williams, Deegan Bragg, Zachary Neal and Zach Moore.

Marlene and Erik Seielstad are the mentors for the program. Panek Farms lets the teams use space in an onion packing facility on Route 98. That site, the former Remley Printing Company, is one of several donations that help the teams.

Besides making a robot from Legos, the teams researched a natural disaster and made a product that could be used in an emergency crisis. The children all need to speak to the judges during Saturday’s competition.