This year there are two Milwaukee Montessori School Robotics competition teams. The first is Automatrons, a rookie competition team and the second team is Elemental Robots, a veteran team. The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition has been part of Milwaukee Montessori School since 2006. Every year since 2008 the team has brough home awards, including, but not limited to: the Innovative Solution, Champions and Coach of the Year awards.
The premise of FLL is to engage students in STEM by using worldly issues that the students must research and then use the EV3 robot to construct and program. The resulting goal is the accomplishment of missions related to the world theme. This year the theme is Trash Trek. Both teams had to follow a piece of trash and its journey, state an issue to improve upon, and brainstorm a solution to better the travel or use of that piece of trash.
Team Automatrons chose plastic utensils and designed a contraption called the P.U.C., the portable utensil cleaner, to steam clean their portable silverware before using them. The contraption is kept in a hand held stainless steel device.
Team Elemental Robots chose candy wrappers as their piece of trash and are 3D printing paper thin wrappers that are biodegradable called RADWrap. Candy wrappers cannot be recycled and are awful for the landfills because they contain chemicals used in advertising on the wrappers. The team also wrote a letter to the Hershey Company requesting attention to this growing trash problem and presented their solution.
The teams shared their findings and solutions with professionals holding great stature and education. Senior Chief Navy Counselor, Matthew Enos and Bio-Molecular Engineer from MSOE, Dr. Gul Afshan visited the robotics teams and gave fabulous feedback during the teams’ feasibility meetings.
Elemental Robots and Automatrons compete this Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Waukesha SOUTH High School. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.