Homeschooling teams that competed on November 6 at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournament did very well. The Electrical Invaders (EI) took first place in Division 2 (9 to 14 year olds) for research, and fourth place overall; they are the alternate team for the state competition. The Bionics, also a first-year-competing homeschooling team, took the championship in Division 2!
This is the first year five of the six EI team members worked with LEGO Mindstorm, and the first year any of them did programming or building with the newest version of the FLL robot system. Team members ranged from 9 to14 years old, the full age range for Division 2.
Robert Hudgins said one of their strategies was to “learn everybody’s strengths and use that to make the team better.” No one had to do everything (some tasks were researching, designing, programming, building the robot, skit designing, and costume making), but all members contributed to EI getting first place in research. One member did no programming, but helped plan missions on the map, worked on the research skit, and had a special skill — keeping the group calm! The kids learned about math, computer programming, and even drama.