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Exemplary Schoharie Hydro Squad launches into LEGO event

student holding poster at event

It was their school's first team, first series of meetings and practices, and first official competition, but a group of Schoharie students embraced learning, preparing and participating in a national program centered on STEM and LEGOs.

The Schoharie Hydro Squad, Schoharie’s FIRST LEGO League team, participated in a regional robotics competition at Shenendehowa High School in December.

Each team competed in four areas at the event: robot design and programming, a project presentation, core values (teamwork and sportsmanship) and a robotics competition.

The Schoharie Hydro Squad earned exemplary scores in their project solution design and presentation. The judges also noted the team portrayed exemplary team spirit, citing them for "great energy for such a young team!”

The Schoharie Hydro Squad spent countless hours after school and on Saturdays preparing to represent Schoharie at the competition.

Special thanks to the families of team members who ensured students were present at meetings and the competition and congratulations to all.

FIRST LEGO League is a national program for students in grades 4-8 that builds teamwork, communications, creative and problem-solving skills through a program that also increases appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Guided by two or more adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling or energy, and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field. For more information, visit:


Some photos of practice and competition:

students looking at diagram on Smartboard screen


 students work with robots at event 


 student looks at tray of robotics parts     


students surround table of robotics at competition


referees judge student work


student displaying poster at event


2 students work with robots at event


Referee raises hand


table filled with trophies


close up of trophies


 Schoharie's name on event flag








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