February 25, 2011 by Chris Dunn
For the second time in a week, I was assigned to photograph something pertaining to mechanized LEGOs. Not that I’m complaining. Anybody who knows me pretty well can tell you I love LEGOs. In fact, I’m fairly certain that for a while, my younger brother and I were at peace only when we were playing with LEGOs together.
That said, I was never “into” the mechanized or robotic LEGOs — but these kids sure are. Serious props to them.
© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Melissa Cook, of Spring Garden Township, makes a few suggestions to her daughter Lucy, 12, as Lucy; Isaiah Marsteller, 10 of Stewartstown; Andrew Strayer, 11 of Springettsbury Township; and two other York County 4-H youth practice on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, for the Maryland FIRST LEGO League Championship. The competition -- which will feature 64 teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania and other nearby states -- required teams to research a biomedical topic and to design a LEGO robot that can perform basic biomedical tasks, such as dropping a LEGO cast onto a "broken" LEGO bone.
© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Lucy Cook, 12 of Spring Garden Township, modifies a program that she will download onto her team's LEGO robot and that will control its movements and allow it to perform tasks, on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Each of the 64 teams competing in the upcoming Maryland FIRST LEGO League Championship in Baltimore had to design a unique robot that would be able to accomplish the tasks, or "missions," set forth by the competition rules. Each team is given 2 minutes and 30 seconds to get its robot to perform as many missions as possible, for points.
© 2011 by The York Dispatch. (Left to right) As Isaiah Marsteller, 10 of Stewartstown, gives in to distraction, Andrew Strayer, 11 of Springettsbury Township; Lucy Cook, 12 of Spring Garden Township; and Kirstin Fink, 13 of West Manchester Township, plot their next course of action to program their LEGO robot at the York County 4-H Center on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Thursday was their last practice session to nail down at least 4 of 11 possible tasks, or "missions," for their LEGO robot to perform.