Adalyn and Emely, along with their team competed in the Lego League Competition for robotics. Two years ago, the students in the Harlem CREATE After School Program began participating in robotics classes learning to build and program robots. For some of the children, it was their first robotics class and they were determined to learn. On January 11, 2020, the students traveled to Aviation High School for their first competition. They competed against more than 25 teams in three areas. The first part of the competition was a verbal presentation where the team presented their Innovation Project which was a “Flying Smoke Detector”. Our children did an amazing job, each presenting their section while also translating for one of their peers who spoke Spanish. The other parts of the competition were Core Values and Robot Design. Finally, the moment we all waited for, the results were in. Our team received a Silver Ticket, next step Round 2 – City Shaper qualifying event. Emely said “My experience has been good because I worked with a partner and my team to complete the missions.”

The following are the quotes for the team members that are here today:

Guillermo – ” My experience has been good. We have learned different type of things. I love coding.”

Xaiden – “We learn how to build robots and we won our first competition. I’m proud of that.”

Johan – “My experience with robotics is great because I learned how to code and I am happy that we won the first competition.”

Dherwin – “My experience has been good with robotics because we built structures that we could code and made them do missions.”

Jennifer – “Me experience has been good. It is fun to build robots and work together with partners.”