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Robo Dweebs Presents a WeDo Event

One of the core values of First LEGO League is Impact, and the Robo Dweebs showed this value in action at the Two Harbors Public Li­brary on December 1. The Robo Dweebs cre­ated the WeDo event in partnership with the library, with the goal of impacting younger students and families in the Two Harbors com­munity.

Northern STEM Robotics, a non-profit fo­cusing on increasing STEM learning in the region, loaned the WeDo kits for the event. Though the kits are no longer supported by LEGO education, they are used in First LEGO Explore, a program for grades K-3. “The Robo Dweebs wanted these younger students to be included in all the fun of beginning robotics and engineering ideas. Inclusion and Fun are two more core values we use and celebrate through First,” Head Coach Jenna Udenberg says. Robo Dweebs teamed up with 1st to 4th-grade students at the WeDo event to teach ro­botics skills and have fun creating.

This season’s theme for the First LEGO League Challenge is “Masterpiece”. “It is a very colorful season focused on the hobbies and activities of our teammates and how you can use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engi­neering, Arts, and Math) to immerse others in your beloved activities to increase engagement of others in your activities,” Udenberg explains. Using the Masterpiece theme for the Innova­tive project has proved a challenge for many teams due to the wide-open nature of the topic, with innumerable approaches to finding a real-world problem and cre­ating a new real-world solution, or tweaking an existing solution and making it better using STEAM. The Robot Game board is colorful this year, with less white and black lines, granting the robot less ability to “do line follow or use its color sensors to detect specific colors since the board is full of all colors.”

The Robo Dweebs, joined by the new rook­ie team, Agate Prime, will be competing at Hermantown Middle and High School on December 9th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and other regional teams will be competing from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. that same day. The awards ceremony will be virtual on www.twitch.tv/ high-tech kids. The Robo Dweebs’ Facebook page will share behind-the-scenes of the team and the competition. Other community impact and out­reach events are in the works, and more mentors, coaches, and sponsors are always needed. This is Robo Dweebs’ first year of having two compet­itive teams, and there is a current waiting list of five students.

The robotics season begins in June with off-sea­son camps and activities, and the competitive season begins the last week of July. Those interested in volunteering, sponsoring, or com­peting are encouraged to contact Head Coach Jenna Udenberg at judenberg@isd381.org.

Team member Michael Erickson said of the event, “It was fun having the opportunity to teach the kids, and I learned a lot too.”

Another team member, Finn T., comment­ed, “It was fun to share with the younger kids about robotics. I remember when I was young­er and how the Robo Dweebs got me excited about robotics.”

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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