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Palo Alto girls' team places first in LEGO robotics competition

Eighth-graders meet weekly to build, program a robot to follow a line, move LEGO 'food'

A team of eighth-grade Palo Alto girls placed first among 65 teams Sunday, May 20, in the First LEGO League robotics competition at Legoland in Carlsbad.

The girls, students JLS and Jordan middle schools as well as Girls Middle School, have met Sundays and Wednesdays since the beginning of the school year to build a robot able to move a LEGO trailer, catch a ring off a ramp, follow a line and dump pieces of LEGO "food" onto a small LEGO table.

Sponsored by a local Girl Scout troop, team members called themselves the Palo Alto Androids. They built and programmed the robot using a LEGO NXT kit and LEGO Mindstorm, required of all teams in the competition, according to parent Tanya Buxton.

The team is coached by parents Alex Crichton and Ken Shark and consists of team members Maddy Buxton, Katie Shark, Chloe Mo, Jesse Kim, Catherine Crichton and Ashley Crichton.

Chris Kenrick

Comments

Posted by Lindsay Joye, a resident of Ventura
on May 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Congratulations Palo Alto Androids!

I was often the only female in my engineering classes at college (many decades ago) and I am so pleased to see more girls interested in technical subjects these days.

Happy building and programming!


Posted by sap, a resident of College Terrace
on May 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Hope you didn't buy your LEGO from that SAP VP guy.


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