Recycling projects help robotics teams advance

BRICK BOTS coach Mitch Banks,Tanner Brownback, Evangeline Goldring, Moze Banks, Sean Counihan, Aden Cross and Hugh Dalbey. Coaches are Banks, Laila Payne Brown, Tim Counihan and Brad Cross.

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BRICK BOTS coach Mitch Banks,Tanner Brownback, Evangeline Goldring, Moze Banks, Sean Counihan, Aden Cross and Hugh Dalbey. Coaches are Banks, Laila Payne Brown, Tim Counihan and Brad Cross.



Two Hood River First Lego League (FFL) robotics teams brought home trophies for the first time from the FLL State Robotics Tournament in Hillsboro last weekend.

Both teams’ projects deal directly with increasing recycling awareness in the community.

The Hood River Brick Bots won the First Place IBM Strategy and Innovation Award which recognizes a team that uses solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high- performance robot.

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NUCLEAR Recyclers Ben Marsden, Angus Kellems, Lucas Elliott, Bodei Barteld, Sadie Smith, Zoe Todorov, and Lelu Branch.

The May Street Nuclear Recyclers team won the Google Data Center Innovative Solution Award which recognizes a team’s solution to a real-world recycling problem that is exceptionally well-considered, creative, with good potential to solve the problem researched.

According to Brick Bots parent Karen Smith, this team also received the highest scores possible for its project where they developed and created a computer application for searching where, when, and how to recycle, re-use and re-purpose. Coaches are Mitch Banks, Laila Payne Brown, Tim Counihan and Brad Cross.

Brick Bots are planning to move forward with the production of the app and have already received support from David Skakel at Tri-County Recycle, who shared that a big problem for recycling companies in rural areas is to educate people on where to bring their recyclable goods. He feels that because this app is location-based it is an innovative idea and meets a need that other apps have not, Smith reports.

The Hood River Brick Bots had to fundraise on their own as they were not a school team this year (a mix of HRMS and May Street students). They received funding from many supportive friends, family and businesses including 6th Street Bistro and Sustain Interiors.

Nuclear Recyclers won for its project involving the recycling of pizza boxes. The team has already discussed it with two local pizza places and Hood River Garbage and Recycling, who are considering using the solution in their businesses. The team has also made an effort to educate the community through community service radio ads to start recycling the tops of the boxes if they are clear of grease, and Hood River News had coverage in December about the team and its project.



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