The “New Kids On the Bots” are (from left to right) Kendall Williamson, 8; Kaelyn Williamson, 10; Olivia Nelson, 10; Trent Toole, 10; Jayden Johnson, 10; and Alan Bao, 11.
The First LEGO League is all about the fun of learning S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Here, Trent Toole and Jayden Johnson prepare to launch their robot on the game board.
The official LEGO EV3 Mindstorms Robot costs teams almost $400 to purchase. Fortunately, The Grand Strand Technology Council helps fund most programs in Horry and Georgetown counties.
Kaelyn Williamson tries to solve one of the missions on the game board.
Brandy Incorvia, the team coach for the “New Kids on the Bots,” shows Alan Bao how to adjust the robot’s programming on the team’s laptop. The drop-and-drag program allows kids to learn coding at an early age. But the team must also step away from the computer and look at the program effects.