Reception honors state Lego League champs

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FARMINGTON — The FIRST Lego League Maine state champions from Farmington will present their winning skit on teen smoking prevention and demonstrate their robotic challenge on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church Hall at 133 Middle St.

The team has been invited to compete on the national level later this month at Legoland in San Diego, Calif., and Tuesday’s event is a fundraiser to support travel expenses to the competition.

The Lego League is an opportunity for children to combine creativity with science, technology and robotics and come up with unique solutions to current world issues, such as this year’s theme — biomedical technology.

On Tuesday, there will be raffle prizes of Lego block kits, locally-made chocolate, a week at Bug Camp in Farmington this summer, and gift certificates and prizes donated by Tranten’s Grocery, Northern Lights, Mooseville gifts, Homestead Restaurant and more.

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The Lego challenge requires teams to research a subject related to the body and create a robot that can perform up to 16 tasks on a large game board. The Smokebusters team from Mt. Blue Middle School and Cascade Brook School in Farmington chose missions that include having their robot deliver a Lego cardiac pacemaker and patch to a heart; putting bionic eyes on a body; and getting a doctor, biomedical engineer and a patient to a patient area.

The team’s skit relates to the function of the lung, teenage smoking and biomedical work being done to repair damaged lungs.

Team members, ages 11 to 13, are Grace and Ben Andrews, Mitch Guillaume, Alex Morrell, Nicole Pires and Dylan Roberts. According to co-advisor Ellen Roberts, the skit can be an effective way to start a discussion with children and adults about the hazards of smoking, the damage it does to lungs and possible solutions to prevent teen smoking and repair lung damage.

FIRST stands for “For The Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” This year’s competition, “Body Forward,” was organized by Maine Robotics and was held at the Augusta Civic Center last December.

Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to Smokebusters, Franklin Savings Bank, 197 Main St., P.O. Box 825, Farmington, ME 04938-0825. For 501C donations, please contact Ellen Roberts, ellen_r@myfairpoint.net

WHAT: Reception of Lego champions

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 5 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: St. Joseph’s Church Hall, 133 Middle St., Farmington

COST: $5 adult suggested donation; kids are free

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