By Deborah Yi
The Engineering Club started off this year hosting two FLL, or FIRST Lego league, tournaments at LCHS over the last weekend of October. For two days, La Cañada High School was teeming with engineering students ranging in age from elementary school to high school.
Nathan Schlundt, a junior at LCHS, hosted the entire tournament as the MC and Asher Faucett, also a junior, was in charge of the technical work, checking the mics and organizing the audio tracks.
These two annual tournaments are made up of three sections: robotics, project, and gracious professionalism. This year, the robotics sections involved the creation of LEGO mindstorms, with the teams competing based on how many activities their own mindstorm could successfully perform. Each mindstorm was tested on its ability to independently start a swinging pendulum, knock down a building and clean up the debris, sort various objects, and push a LEGO truck a certain distance.
The project section of the tournaments requires each team to research and present a solution to a theme. For this year’s theme, trash trek, teams proposed new innovative ways to reuse batteries and compost trash.
Nathan said, “This section is actually the most important one, although the robotics section has been more crucial in past years.”
The last section, called gracious professionalism, rewards teams for their sportsmanship, promoting fair competition, earnest practicing, and other important qualities.
This year, the LCHS Engineering Club is training four of its own FLL teams to enter the tournaments as they prepare for the their own high school season in December and January.
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