Lego Studs Advance to State

For the second consecutive year, Lego Studs advanced to the State First Lego League (FLL) Competition at Iowa State University, College of Engineering. Members of Lego Studs (as pictured above) are: [front row, left to right] Collin Svenby, Audra Weber, Sydney Striegel and Brett Striegel; [back row] Ben Shemanski, Tanner Bos and Tanner Halleran.
 
The team placed 2nd out of the nearly 40 teams registered at the regional tournament held at Indian Hills Community College on Saturday, Dec. 7. FLL combines the engineering challenge of a robotics competition with real-world problem solving and inventing.
 
This year’s theme was Nature’s Fury and the Lego Studs focused on Tornado Safety for their project presentation.
 
They decided it would be beneficial to talk to someone who had experienced a natural disaster first hand and remembered the community of Parkersburg had endured an EF-5 tornado (wind speed reached 205 MPH) in 2008 that demolished 1/3 of their town. This community is very similar in size and demographics to Sigourney.
 
For questions or are interested in participating in Lego League, please contact the Keokuk County 4-H and Youth Coordinator, Michele Sieren at the Keokuk County Extension office at 622-2680. State competition is Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
 
The full story is available in this week's News-Review.