Desert Star Academy Spartan Stackers

The Spartan Stackers, Desert Star Middle School Lego Robotics Team, went to the Regional Qualifier in Flagstaff on December 8th.

Our Spartan Stackers along with twenty three other teams were hoping to compete in the Arizona First
Lego League Championships on January 19th and 20th in Tempe at Arizona State University. After an exciting day of nail biting competition our Spartan Stackers scored in the top 8 spots.

First LEGO League teams are for grades 4-8 with up to 10 members. Spartan Stackers practiced imaginative thinking and teamwork during this quest. Guided by Math teacher, Ms. Harabedian and Technology teacher, Mrs. Johnson, FIRST LEGO League teams researched a real world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and were challenged to develop a solution. They also designed, built, and programmed a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then competed on a table-top playing field. The Spartan Stackers creation is named Kevin.

The Spartan Stackers included Tyler Vert, Ernie Ritacca, Sebastian Rosas, Jason Hartwick, Kaydence Tyler, Kaylie Loofburrow, Aubrianna Ornelas and Samira Bourdjouk. This year’s theme was Orbit into Space. The
Spartan Stackers had an opportunity to talk with Beverly Berekian, MSC in Geologic Sciences and NASA Summer Camp mentor to learn more about the Space Program and space exploration.

At the competition the scholars scored up as many points as possible in 2.5 minutes by completing a mission on the game field. During the competition they presented their research and Waste in Space solution.
Kevin did us proud and in return our scholars learned to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), and using their imagination, to solve a problem.

Along their discovery journey, they developed critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they had to present their solutions to the judges. For any questions
please call Desert Star Academy at 928-770-4523, located at 1530 Pinion Rd.

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