Robotics team takes first


by: Submitted Photo - First place Robotics team winners included, from left, Maddy Breach, Carly Breach, Grace Wilson, and Allison Forman.

   Jefferson County 4-H had two teams participate in the First Lego League robotics tournament on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Mountain View High school in Bend.
   The teams began building and programming their robots in September to be ready for competition. Teams are evaluated in four separate areas, for example, teamwork, team presentation, robot design, and the challenge.
   "I want to congratulate both teams on a job well done. This year `The Laughing Giraffes' took first place in the core values (teamwork) area," said Jon Gandy, 4-H program coordinator.
   "I also want to thank Minda Morton for her time, hard work and commitment as a volunteer leader to help with 4-H Lego Robotics," he added.
   Morton coached "The Lego Musketeer" team, which consisted of members Austin Spiller, Jake Frank, Gabe Sansom, and Nathan Viscaino. A total of 16 teams participated in the competition in Bend.
   Those who would like more information about the Jefferson County 4-H Science Club, may call the extension office at 541-550-4130 or stop by and visit with Jon Gandy, Jefferson County 4-H program coordinator at the new COCC Madras Education Center located at 1170 E. Ashwood Road in Madras.