A group of Mountain Home students from Pinkston Middle School and Hackler Intermediate School has qualified for an international trip. The five local FIRST Lego League junior team members will be able to go to Sydney, Australia this summer after a strong showing in a couple of tournaments earlier this year.
The team consisting of Lauren Davis, Ash Wood, Landon Shurley, Alex Harris and Noah Dickerson hosted the regional competition in which they won the overall championship and robot games. They later went to Fayetteville Jan. 18th and 19th to compete in the state competition where they won the Innovative Solution Award for their project to launch a greenhouse into space.
There are three different parts to the FIRST Lego League for the Mountain Home students to compete in. Pinkston sixth grade math teacher Chrissy Davis serves as the team’s mentor and coach, and she says the first part is the robot.
The second part of competition is a project. The FIRST Lego League will give the competitors a problem to solve, and Davis says this year’s problem is into deep orbit space.
The third part of competition is core values, and Davis says it shows how well the team works together.
The Australia event is scheduled for July 4th through 7th, and the team is looking to raise funds. They will hold a 50/50 drawing Friday night at Bomber Gymnasium when the Mountain Home High School basketball teams host West Memphis for Senior Night. They will also visit area businesses in an attempt to secure sponsorships or other assistance for each student. Davis is estimating the team will need a between $25,000 and $30,000 for the trip.
Anyone seeking more information can email Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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