Lego league team earns state invitation

The Custer First Lego League team participated in a regional competition Dec. 2 and will compete at the state meet Jan. 27. From left, back, are Rruen Hartman, coach Nicole Anderson, coach Carl Hansen, Damen Hartman; front, Tristan Thurman, Kendall Reynolds, Riley Reynolds and Tori Hartman.

Custer’s first Lego League team, the Custer Cougar Corp., participated in the regional qualifier competition in Rapid City Dec. 2 for the Hydro-Dynamic’s challenge. The team earned a golden invitation to the state competition Jan. 27 in Sioux Falls by working together, tackling the year’s challenge,  and showing great potential as a rookie team. Eighteen teams participated in the qualifier. Ten teams were invited to go compete at state.

First Lego League is a program that is participated in by kids ages 6-18 worldwide. It helps promote learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based programs. Each year First selects a real world challenge and issues it to participating teams. This year it was Hydro-Dynamics for kids ages 9-14 and Aqua Adventures for kids ages 6-10.

The team must use a set of core values that focuses on teamwork, doing the work themselves and helping other teams succeed.  The teams must show how they’ve used their core values throughout the season, find a problem within the challenge to solve, then build and program a robot out of Legos that does tasks based on the season’s challenge at competitions.