WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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170 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 what do you get when you put a group of sixth graders together and tell them to build a robot out of LEGOs? A lot of camaraderie. Pizza night every Sunday from September through December while preparing for the competition. And, as a bonus, genuine excitement about science and technology. The "Robot Raiders," a Wellesley Middle School LEGO League team is full of girl power. Caroline Jolley, Lucy Kim, Isabella Pavano, Molly Plenge, Lucy Snow, Sadie Solomon, and Annabelle Xu have been a team for the last three years and have learned a thing or two about robot- ics, persistence, and teamwork. Competition at the annual LEGO League robotics tournament is stiff. Thirteen-year-old boy teams can be intimidating, especially when you're nine. Until your score is better than theirs. Then they don't seem so formidable. First LEGO League (FLL) is an international competition for students ages nine to fourteen organized by the international youth organization FIRST—For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST was founded in 1989 to develop ways to inspire students in the engineering and technology fields. The team members practice their robot missions before the first LEGO League competition begins. Clockwise from left: Annabelle Xu, Molly Plenge, Lucy Snow, Isabelle Pavano, Sadie Solomon, Caroline Jolley, and Lucy Kim learning academics scholarship schoolwork curriculum teachers research The Lego League J U L I E S U T H E R L A N D writer education C O U R T E S Y O F R O B E R T P L E N G E

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