The Ninja Cheetahs, a Wellington team of third through fifth graders, participated in a First Lego League (FLL) competition in Stuart on Dec. 13.
The team prepared for several months to learn about Lego Mindstorms robotics and teamwork. The Ninja Cheetahs also created a YouTube channel to show other kids how to use Scratch, a programming language designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Ninja Cheetahs included a smaller team of kids in kindergarten through second grade. The younger kids participated in Jr. FLL, a related competition, to talk about what they learned about sea turtles. They received a trophy for teamwork. The junior team includes Victoria Boxold, Christopher De Armas, Angelo Guaglione and Elizabeth Boxold.
All of the team members are looking forward to participating in a robotics sumo-wrestling competition in the spring and their second FLL season next August. The team includes Andrew Valdez, Aidan Guaglione, Michael Pitts, Alexander De Armas, Andy Boxold, Alex Guaglione and Ian Weil.
The Ninja Cheetahs thank their parents for attending each meeting; coaches David Boxold, Rosa Pitts and Michael Weil; Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue for providing a meeting location; and Florida Power & Light for program funding.
The Ninja Cheetahs is a special interest 4-H club coordinated by the Palm Beach County Extension Service. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOVE: The Ninja Cheetas team and junior team with parents.