• Earning the right to advance to the regional champion-ships after competing in the FIRST Lego League Qualifying Tournament on Saturday in Schertz was the Gillespie County 4-H Robotics team, the Harper Robo Horns. Team members include, in front from left, Macie Long, GG Sander, Bryson Denton and (in back) William Garrett Long, Bill Long and Kim Long. — Submitted photo

Gillespie 4-H Robotics team qualifies for FLL regional championships

Gillespie County 4-H Robotics team — Harper Ro-bo Horns — competed in a FIRST Lego League (FLL) Qualifying Tournament at Corbett Junior High in Schertz on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The team competed in a robot game, conducted a research project, and were judged on team dynamics and problem solving skills, and earned the right to advance to the regional championships.

Team members include Macie Long, GG Sander, Bryson Denton and William Garrett Long.

They are coached by Bill and Kim Long, and have been meeting at least twice a week since September.

At the tournament, the Harper Ro-Bo Horns won the Robot Programming Award.

According to FLL, the Robot Programming Award “recognizes a team that utilizes outstanding programming principles, including clear, concise and reusable code that allows their robot to perform challenge missions autonomously and consistently.”

The team also placed third in the robot game with three other teams.

Twenty-four teams competed at the tournament and the top eight will advance to the Alamo East Division FLL on Sunday, March 4, in San Antonio.

As a result of winning the Robot Programming Award and their performance in other areas of the tournament, the Harper Ro-bo team will be advancing to the regional championship.

The research project for this year’s FLL teams was titled “Hydrodynamics,” and teams were asked to research a problem with how to find, transport, use, or dispose of water.

They were asked to design a solution to address that problem and then to share their ideas. 

The Harper Ro-bo Horns researched a cost effective water filtration in school water fountains. 

Since school water fountains are a source of harmful bacteria for users, the team developed a “Water Horn” device that would filter the water from the fountain as it was filling up a water bottle.


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