Baylor’s robotics program partnered with TVA robotics to present a “Meet the Mayor” event on Saturday, Sept. 30, hosting students from Chattanooga FIRST LEGO League teams for a discussion with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke ’86.
Mayor Berke addressed nearly 50 students grades 4-8 from Baylor’s Middle School, Bright School, Rivermont Elementary School, Spring Creek Elementary, and Chattanooga School for Liberal Arts, who gathered in Baylor’s Weeks Science Building. Baylor’s Upper School robotics team also helped host the event.
Baylor science instructor and robotics coach Dr. Mary Loveless said this year’s FLL Robotics theme is to “Build a Better Tomorrow Together,” with the goal of reshaping communities for the future. “One aspect of the challenge is for students to identify a design opportunity and come up with an innovative solution that addresses the needs of the community,” explained Loveless.
Last February, Baylor’s Upper School Robotics Team, also known as the Ohm Raiders, won three of five matches and finished among the top 12 teams at the FIRST Tech Challenge at Middle Tennessee State University. The Middle School robotics team competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) qualifying competition for the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas in November and advanced to the regional FLL Championship in December, held at Eastbrook Middle School in Dalton, Ga.