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Learning Bridge Academy students Westin Ruesch and Maddox Sedlacek working on a robot they created.

The Ely Times

Two teams from Learning Bridge  will  travel to Las Vegas Saturday to participate in the First Lego Jr. Robotics Showcase.  

During the year, students  solved problems having to do with living on the moon. They built a moon base from Legos and programmed the robot they built. The students programmed the robot to help with the day to day chores needed to survive on the moon. 

Students will be adjudicated on their knowledge of possible life on the moon and all the challenges that might occur.  Core Values are emphasized  such as innovation, discovery, teamwork, impact and fun.  

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.  

Julie Krch, founder of the Learning Bridge Charter school, said, “I have watched the students self-confidence and knowledge grow over the past months.” 

The coaches and students have worked very hard preparing for the showcase. The two teams going will exhibit their “Show Me” poster, explain their innovative solutions to their problem and demonstrate what their programmed robot can accomplish.  

“I’m very proud of all the students involved in this program. I would also like to thank our volunteer coaches for their time and dedication to our young people. Mr. Bishop and Mr. and Mrs. Siefe are also coaches however are unable to attend the showcase in Las Vegas.”  Krch said. 

The two teams consist of Westin Ruesch, Theron Hernandez, coach Krch. The second team is  Oliver and Jack Bumdit with coach Katrina Bumdit.

The competition will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center beginning at 9 a.m.