Central hosts Lego League qualifier

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CUMMING, Ga. — Forsyth Central High School was host for the qualifying round for the First Lego League, introducing young people in grades 4-8 to the fun and excitement of science and technology.

Competitors built Lego robots and maneuvered them through obstacle courses.

On Dec. 8, teams such as the Little Mill RoboStangs got to show off their skills.

This was the sixth annual Forsyth First Lego League qualifier, said James Trobaugh, the director in Forsyth County.

“We host 32 teams from around the area,” Trobaugh said.

The Forsyth FLL qualifier is the largest in Georgia.

Thirteen teams will advance to the Marietta Middle School super qualifier that takes place Jan. 12, 2013.

In Forsyth, the RoboStangs team said they practice up to three times a week and all 51 students were eager to be at Central High School for the event.

Members of the team said they started preparing in October for the qualifying round and were very optimistic about moving on to the next round.

Also participating in the event were the Brookwood Technocats and Biobots.

Sheryl McDade, the team’s coach, said that this was a great first year for them to learn and prepare for a second year where they move to the state level.

Veterans at the event were the Lakeside Radioactive Gummy Bears.

It was their second year entering the robotics competition and they’d made it to the state level the year before. Coaches Harish Arashanapalli and Melissa Brookshire said that they’re optimistic about their chances this year and would love to make it to state again.

The nine students, who are in the robotics club at Lakeside, put in eight to 10 hours a week preparing.

The theme this year was Senior Solutions.