Better Blake Bots Robotics

Blake Bots, a five-member Middle School robotics team that competed last year as sixth graders, must have sensed this season held even greater potential. Building on all their previous experience, the now seventh-grade teammates Olly Bower, Sam Carlson, Katie Gammack, Lily Guerrera and Lena Varela renamed themselves Better Blake Bots and went on to qualify for the national robotics competition in Long Beach, California, this spring.

In February, Better Blake Bots took third place at the FIRST LEGO League Challenge state championship. The team, coached by Middle School teachers Maelene Krig and Rachel Miller, was celebrated for its embodiment of community, sportsmanship and outreach and for being positive role models and exceptional in each competition category. The top 70 of 445 teams across Minnesota competed at the state level; six qualified for nationals. Blake Better Bots is the only Minnesota team participating in the Western Edge Open, two full days of competition and interaction with teams from around the world.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge is an international robotics program for students ages 9-14. The program was created to get young people excited about science and technology and teach them career and life skills. Students develop STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation and working as a team.