Saturday, April 30, 2011

Youngsters using their creativity to build Robots

Building the future, one robot at a time

Updated: Thursday, 07 Apr 2011, 3:37 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 07 Apr 2011, 3:37 PM EDT
TAMPA - Young kids using their creative minds and imagination in a positive way may one day help change the world.
Armani Humbert and Nick Berlund enjoy working together on the robot they built. They are part of a robotics team called Darth Panthers.
The team formed in 2006 at Lomax Magnet Elementary School. Earlier this year, they competed in the Florida Lego League State Robotics Tournament. They won the director's award and earned an automatic bid to compete in the North America tournament at Legoland California.
"I think it mostly contributes to us being together as a team for a long time, so we know each other's strength and weaknesses, and that way we can work out what we are going to do," Nick explained.
The competition has three major areas: robot building, research, and core values.
"It's probably not as hard as you probably think but you know it does take practice and skill to actually try to make something very successful," Armani offered.
The Darth Panthers say they are proud to represent the state of Florida later this year in California. 

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