RECTOR, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 team is heading to California this May to compete in an international competition.
Rector’s Lego League will go up against some of the best teams in the world at Legoland but the competition is more than just playing with Legos.
Lance Mabrey, who coaches the team, said the kids will be judged on their project, the core value presentation, and the robot game.
“We’ve qualified for state each of the past four years. We were regional champs once, and then we always won an award for first place in something at the state level,” said Mabrey.
Rector’s Lego League is good at what they do.
“We only have an hour and 30 minutes per week so we have to cram every single thing that we do in that hour and 30 minutes,” said team member Austin Simmons.
The team uses Legos to build important life skills like problem-solving, presentation skills, and even STEM application.
“We’ve been able to spend time with more people than we used to," said Simmons, "We’ve been able to come closer with people on our Lego League team,” said team member Emma Holmes.
Mabrey said all that time researching and working together has paid off.
“When they announced that we were going to Legoland our team jumped up yelling and screaming, everybody was cheering for us,” said Mabrey.
The team beat over 30 other groups at the state level, finishing in third place.
“We’ve got a challenge, we’re going just to have fun, get an experience, compete and just do the best we can,” said Mabrey.
If you’re interested in helping the team raise money for their trip, send a check to Rector FIRST Lego League, PO Box 367, Rector, AR 72461.
The competition will be May 17-19.