Maple View Robotics Tackling Real-World Challenges

Maple View Robotics Tackling Real-World Challenges
Posted on 11/05/2021

As cargo transportation disruptions are negatively impacting the supply chain, Maple View Middle School’s (MVMS) robotics team is diligently working to come up with solutions that could positively impact your future. The three competitive teams that make up MVMS robotics are researching different aspects of cargo challenges, such as labor shortages, package security and delays in freight shipment all while coming up with innovative solutions.

This year’s FIRST challenge: “Your mission is to improve the transportation of products. In Cargo Connect, you will learn how cargo is transported, sorted and delivered to its destination. We have the power to build a product towards the future of transportation.” MVMS FLL (FIRST LEGO League) teams are ready to compete with their innovation and teamwork.

Maple View Middle School FLL

MVMS competes in FIRST Washington’s robotics at the FLL level. They are excited about their new Spike Prime robotics kits, which consist of a robotic brain and sophisticated LEGO pieces that are used to mobilize and functionalize the robot. FLL is many students' entry into robotics as they are familiarized with building and programming robots to achieve specific missions. Teams need to strategize how to efficiently and effectively solve multiple challenges on their challenge board.

In addition to the robot game, teams present their innovative solutions to the themed challenge.  This year is Cargo Connect. Their competition season starts in December. All three teams are excited to be back competing in person. 

Nicolas H., 8th grader on team “Default,” focuses on the “fun of competing, having teammates with you and competing against other teams.” His teammate, Roderick L., also an 8th grader, is interested in solving transportation challenges with robots and keeping the cargo secure. He has career goals of becoming a software engineer.

Kody W., 8th grader with team “Anonymous,” is eager to present their team's innovative project solution to the judges. His excitement to find solutions to the robot game challenges is shared by teammate, Dhairya A., seventh grader. Dhairya enjoys figuring out how to solve the multiple challenges efficiently. He shared about their team's innovative solution to ensure package security within neighborhoods to prevent package theft and efficient deliveries. Both of these teammates have a goal of working in engineering after graduation.

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Team “Insert Text Here” is tackling the human factor of the cargo issue. Recognizing that employees sometimes quit after receiving their bonus check, they are researching improving wages for employee retention, explains 8th grader Molly B. Her teammate, 8th grader Ethan E., has been involved with FLL since sixth grade and enjoys mentoring team members new to FIRST. He brings the experience of understanding what judges are looking for to score well. The experience of participating in FLL has helped him with talking with other people and talking in front of a group of people.

The FLL robotics club is a diverse group of students. Delainey DeGroot, a teacher and coach, feels that this is “attributed to the school’s culture of inclusivity.”

Shavon Modine, a teacher and coach, says, “I feel like I finally found my niche of teaching. I really connect with this group of kids. My heart is in STEM. To see the innovative process from start to finish. I like to witness their growth and to build connections with students over three years.”

Joe Burianek, long time volunteer mentor, says this program is the “best balance of STEM and teamwork of any program I have seen, especially at the middle school level. Learning teamwork at the middle school level will really help in their high school careers.”

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