|Release Date: 1/8/2013||Contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-887-4243|
TOWSON, MD— Halethorpe Elementary School’s LEGO robotics team, called the Senior Savers, placed sixth of 20 teams in the robot competition at an annual First LEGO League Competition, held on January 5, 2013, at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel. The team members – Grade 4 students Sadie Beaver, Jonathan Brewer, Slater Brewer, Jack Epp, Graeme Leoni-Fernandez, Stephen Hack, Luis Quintero, and Yeabsira Sefr, and Grade 5 students Seaden Crowley, Jonah Miller, and Jonathan Yoho – competed against other students ages 9 to 14. The theme for this year’s competition was “Senior Solutions." In addition to competing in robot matches, the teams had to create innovative ways to improve life for senior citizens. After interviewing local seniors, Halethorpe’s Senior Savers team developed an annual game show called “Blast from the Past." “The game show would give seniors something to look forward to and would help alleviate senior depression," said Halethorpe Principal Jill A. Carter. “The LEGO competition was a wonderful and authentic STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] experience for our children."