Moose Bots

Moosebots 2.0 competing at the FIRST Lego League Anchorage Qualifier at Begich Middle School. Left to Right: Dylan Bond, Olive James, Alyssa Kirchner, Axel LaRock, Lillian Blair, Emma Hornberger.

On Nov. 30, the Moosebots 2.0 team returned home from the FIRST Lego League Robotics Anchorage Qualifier with a team trophy. In the competition the students designed, built and programed a robot using Lego Mindstorms Technology. They used the robot to score points and compete on a table-top playing field. They identified missions to solve; designed, built and programed a LEGO robot to complete the missions; and tested and refined their program and robot design. The students and their robot had only two and a half minutes to complete as many missions as possible.

The students also research a real word problem related to the theme to find solutions. This year’s FIRST Lego League (FLL) theme was City Shaper. In the innovation project the team Identifies a problem with a building or public space in the community, designed a solution, shared their solution with others, and then refined it. The Moosebots 2.0 project this season was about creating bat boxes and installing them in Moose Pass and Cooper Landing.

First Lego League also emphasizes teamwork, gracious professionalism, and cooperation which are part of the program’s core values.

The Moose Pass students won a Core Values trophy. Core Values are a cornerstone of the FIRST program and encourage teamwork, friendly competition and having fun.  By embracing the Core Values students learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.

The students who participated in the competition hail from Moose Pass and Cooper Landing and attend Moose Pass School and Seward Middle School. They are Lillian Blair, Dylan Bond, Emma Hornberger, Olive James, Alyssa Kirchner, and Axel LaRock. The students are coached by Wendy Bryden and Laura Johnson. They will advance to compete at the state competition on January 18, 2020 in Anchorage.

The Moose Pass FLL team is supported by grants from the Moose Pass Sportsman’s Club; Jon James Construction LLC, Cooper Landing; and the Seward Community Foundation. The Seward Community Foundation is an affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation, a statewide, non-profit that manages charitable funds allowing donors to advance a cause, support an organization or provide flexible support for community needs.  For more information visit