The FIRST (FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology ) lego League  is a robotics program created to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders,  helping kids (4-8 grades) develop technology skills while  fostering  the development of life abilities such as communication, leadership and self-confidence.

Each team is made up of 4 to 10 students and two or more adult coaches. Both Mateo and Lucas are in the robotics program on separate teams.  Lucas’ team name is “Trash Busters” and Mateo’s  is “Paintball Pelicans”. Every year the FIRST  Lego League has a new theme, this year the theme was the Trash Trek.

The TRASH TREKSM  Challenge asks teams to explore the  fascinating world of trash, from collection, to sorting, recycling and reuse. The teams must also create a solution to help our trash problem and create their own LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to accomplish missions on a playing field.

This was my first time coaching robotics, I coached Lucas’ team.  I had no idea of what to expect on competition day, it was exciting, fun and nerve wrecking all in one! The kids were so nervous, and so serious about it too. It was great to watch them compete, and make last minute adjustments to their robots.

Last Friday our school had three winning teams.

Competitive Team:  5th Grade – The Paintball Pelican Team (Mateo, Jarred and Thomas)
1)      1st place in the Project Award category – Recycling Project: Paint care
2)      2nd place in the Spirit Award category
Coach: Bridget Smith

Non-competitive Team: 3rd/4th Grade:  The Robo Rockers Team (Preston, Nathan, Jack, Jet)
1)      1st place in FLL Trash Trek Robot Game
Coach: Monica Mullen

Non-competitive Team: 3rd/4th Grade:  The Trash Busters Team (Lucas, Devin, Sebastian, Zaiden)
1)   3rd place in FLL Trash Trek Robot Game
Coach: Andrea Reeves

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A big Thanks to all the Middle school coaches that helped all of our teams!


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  • Auntie Gen - So cool to see that all those Lego and Build-Something! presents cover the years are paying off. Congratulations!!

  • Ashley D. - Congratulations! I can see the excitement in the room, the anticipation.

Locks of Love is a non profit charity organization that uses donated  hair to make wigs for American and Canadian children that have lost their hair due to medical conditions. Riley graciously decided to donate her hair,  her beautiful blond hair.  But before the final cut, a photoshoot was in order. Here are some of our favorites.
Carlsbad family and children photographer. Girl on field with clouds in the sky

  • Samantha - What a sweet selfless little girl! Beautiful!

  • Sophie - What a fantastic cause – such a sweet little hero!!!

  • Lauren N - These are gorgeous! And a great organization to support! So amazing for her to want to give her hair to the cause. <3

  • Sarah - How awesome!!!

  • Melissa McClure - Wow I love this! What a gracious girl. Gorgeous images!

  • Ashley D - Such a lovely reason to do a photo session! Love the colors.

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