Spotlight on Robotics


Woodland Middle School is in its 9th year of having an established Robotics Team. Students this year have been working up to their first LEGO League competition on December 7th at Salmon Creek Elementary in Vancouver. This year's competition is based on natural disasters and is comprised of 4 different parts:

1. Robot game - students build and program an autonomous robot (not controlled); teams gain points by achieving missions

2. Technical Judging- Mechanical and Software Engineer judges have students use their programed robot for building and software

3. Research - this year students did their research on a Natural Disaster; students have to come up with a problem and a solution

4. Teamwork - all 8 members develop core values on how to help each other out

496 teams have registered with the Oregon First Lego League, a record number for the program. The interest is growing quickly since districts are now receiving funding to support the Program. 18 teams will compete in December and the top 3 go to the state tournament in Hillsboro.

Mr. BoonRecently Dale Boone, the diking manager for consolidated diking district #2 in Woodland, came to speak to the Robotics class about floods on Tuesday, October 15. He showed students the seawall and pumps for getting water out of the ditches in thw Bottoms. Students were especially interested in the map of Woodland, where he showed various places that Woodland has flooded.

For additional information on the Woodland Middle School Robotics Team please contact Tim Brown.