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Dec 20, 201612:12 PMCity Beat


Dec 20, 2016 - 12:12 PM




 JABOCK ROBOT (Just A Bunch Of Cool Kids) is a local FIRST® LEGO® League team, comprised of 4th - 9th graders from the Cumberland Valley School District and Hershey High School, that recently won the 3rd place Champion’s Award at the Downingtown Area Robotics FLL Regional Qualifier on Saturday, December 10th, 2016. This win advances them to the Penn FLL Regional Championship held at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, February 4th, 2017. Should they place at the Championship tournament, they will compete next on a national level.


This year’s challenge is called Animal AlliesSM, and teams must identify a problem and design a solution that improves an interaction between animals and people. The JABOCK ROBOT team found that beekeepers have to manually count mites on bees on a regular basis and then use a variety of methods to get rid of the mites. These mites are harmful to bees and could even lead to loss of the bee colony. After doing research and communicating with local beekeepers, the JABOCK ROBOT team came up with the idea of taking a picture of the mites using an infrared camera, which will be connected to an app that will automatically count the number of mites. The app will inform the beekeeper of the most effective solution to eliminate the mites, and will also be able to collect data about the number of mites and their effect on the colony. This solution will help the beekeepers stay proactive to keep a check on the mite population, thus reducing the need to use harmful pesticides to get rid of the mites. The team is currently working on bringing their idea to life with the help of parent mentors and coaches in preparation for the next level of competition.


FIRST® LEGO® League is a competition for teams of up to 10 members between the ages of 9 and 14. The competition involves three different parts: Project, Robot Game, and Core Values. For the Project, teams research a real world problem and think like scientists in order to find an innovative solution. Teams build and program a robot using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® software to compete on a table top playing field as part of the Robot Game. Throughout the season, the kids follow the program’s Core Values, which require them to help other teams while contributing to the success of their own team.




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