Robotics Present a Challenge to SJA Students Tournament Winners Proceed to National Competition

LEGO Robotics was a new experience last fall at Spokane Junior Academy.

Every Friday morning for one hour we did LEGO Robotics. My students worked hard to be ready to go to Walla Walla College in April for the North Pacific Union Tournament. We still felt like we weren’t sure what we were doing, but we had tried to do everything to the best of our ability. The students had a great attitude through the entire tournament, asking questions, cheering each other on, and saying repeatedly, “We’ll just do our best. It’s our first year.”

We were amazed when the tournament emcee announced that our team, The Parabolas, had won first place! We had no idea we were even in the running! Part of our team had the privilege of going on to the national competition at Andrews University in May. We didn’t win, but we had a great time and learned more about what we could do better next year. We even had the opportunity for a field trip or two, including going to the Historic Adventist Village in Battle Creek and the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit.

If you haven’t considered trying LEGO Robotics at your school, give it a whirl. The benefits to my students were many: teamwork, problem-solving, encouragement, creativity, research, positive attitude, challenge, patience, gracious professionalism, overcoming stage fright, synthesis, stress relief without anger—we experienced all these things and more. The Parabolas witnessed to everyone who observed them that they were friends of Jesus.