Middle school students from Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School are about to get their robot on at the First Lego League World Festival.
Two first-place finishes at regionals in Johnstown on Feb. 21 qualified the team to move on to the next round April 22-25 in St. Louis.
RoboScholars, a robotics team made up of eight students, designed and made the PronunciAID — a device that can record short messages and play them back, “optimized for classroom use with the goal of helping students during language courses,” said school spokeswoman Janet Chambers.
They were awarded the championship and robot performance awards, said Palvan Amanov, technology specialist and the RoboScholars coach.
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In addition to Amanov, the team includes students Ethaniel Bishop, Ayla Dedeoglu, Jonah Ellis, Jason Gines, Araaf Mannan, Enzo Meschesi, Andrew Peters and Eli Rose; and mentors Oliver Rose and Kaining Guo.
Rose also won the Youth Mentor Award, Chambers said.
This year’s FLL challenge was for student participants to redesign, and gather knowledge and skills used to learn in the 21st century. The theme called for students to teach adults about the ways kids want to learn, Chambers said.
The FLL competition included three judging areas: robot game, project and core values.
For the robot game category, RoboScholars designed and programmed an autonomous robot that completed specific tasks.
More than 265,000 students from 80 countries participated in this year’s competition. A limited number of teams advance to the world festival.