Members of the Riverview Lego League Team include, top row from left, Coach Jason Bohlman, Elizabeth Manthey, Parker Lehn, Adam Nivers, Keegan Chevrier, Coach Tim Manthey; bottom row from left, Caden Bleau, Jake Laehn, Deighton Miller, and Cres Ramaeker. Photo by Jason Bohlman
Posted November 27, 2017
The Riverview Middle School Lego League team has qualified for sectionals after performing well in regional competition.
The Riverview team, known as the Techno Targets, competed with 26 other teams at First Lego League regionals Nov. 11 at Lakeshore Technical College. Techno Targets is among the eight teams to advance to sectionals Dec. 16 in Janesville.
Every year, First Lego League chooses an area for students to explore; this year’s theme is Hydro Dynamics. Students were asked to think like scientists and engineers by choosing and solving a real-world problem dealing with water.
The Techno Targets chose to explore the water quality of the Mullet River, and were surprised to learn that the river was much different in the past and even seen as an inviting place to swim, fish and play. The team decided to focus on reducing the level of arsenic in the river through an organic solution called mycoremediation, which involves the introduction of mushrooms to absorb harmful contaminants from soil and water.
The team also built, tested, and programmed an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of predetermined missions. This year’s team attempted to complete six missions and obtained 85 points in competition, placing it among the top 10 teams.
Through this experience, students practiced the tenets of First Lego League, which include teamwork, professionalism, and friendly collaboration and competition.
The team would like to thank the coaches Tim Manthey and Jason Bohlman for volunteering many hours to make Lego League possible. The team also would like to thank Riverview science teacher John Hoopman for providing guidance and direction for the team's Hydro Dynamics project.
Anyone interested in learning more about The Techno Targets’ mushroom solution is invited to call the Riverview office at 892-4353 to set up a time to meet with the team. Visitors and collaborators are always welcome!
Video courtesy of by Brian Lehn