From left, Members of the ALMS Robotics team who competed in the Lego challenge. Eighth grader Chloe Chiu, coach Stephen G. May, 8th graders Juliet Rueda and Andrew Babu, (kneeling), 6th grader Charlie Heller, 8th grader Andrew Villano, 6th graders Colgate Woodley, Alex Babu and Bryce Gourley, and coach Walter Grosvenor.

ALMS Students Participate in Lego Robot Contest

Eight Albert Leonard Middle School students teamed up to compete in the First Lego League Mid-Hudson Qualifier Tournament held at Mildred E. Strang Middle School in Yorktown Heights. The team competed against 14 middle school teams from around the region. 

The students are members of two ALMS Lego Robotics clubs, which draw about 40 students to after school sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with technology teachers and Lego coaches Walter Grosvenor and Stephen G. May. 

In the competition, teams of up to 10 students build and code a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of the robot game. Teams also participate in an innovation project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

 “The challenges involve research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering,” said Mr. May. The ALMS team placed in the middle of the pack. “The experience was great, and we can carry our efforts with our young team members into future tournaments.”

Participation in Robotics challenges students to constantly refine their skills, working collaboratively with team members. “The program inspires young people to experiment and grow their confidence, critical thinking and design skills through hands-on learning,” said Mr. Grosvenor.