Torrey Hills robotics students advance to Lego regionals

Torrey Hills School robotics teams took part Saturday, Nov. 1 in the First Lego League Qualifying tournament at High Tech High in Point Loma.

Thirty-four students formed six teams and built Lego Mindstorms robots and programmed the robots to carry out several missions. This year’s topic for First Lego League is World Class Learning. The students had to research the topic question “How can we improve the way we learn (blank).”

Students came up with innovative ways to teach different things in the future, using new technology.

The teams came up with innovative ways to learn to play chess, to train for soccer and basketball, to learn the Order of Operations in Math, to learn to drive a car, and to learn to use a computer.

Students had to run their robot missions on a timed run, they had to do a presentation of their solution to improve the learning of their topic, and they were also judged on First Lego League Core Values, showing how well they worked as a team to solve a problem.

Team Perfect Processors won first in the Presentation section. They impressed the judges in their color-coded outfits explaining a color-coded solving method for the Order of Operations in Math. Team Clever Coders won first in the Core Value section, showing the judges how well they worked together as a team, being respectful and kind to each other.

These two teams will advance Dec. 7 to the Southern California Regional Championship round at Legoland. The other four teams will go to Legoland in February 2015 to compete in the First Lego League Cup.