2008-2009

National First LEGO Competition

The RCLC iRobotics team had an excellent debut in their first year of competition. The team consisted of nine students ranging from ages 9 to 14. The FIRST Lego League program is rigorous and RCLC youth rose to the occasion, qualifying to compete at the state level.

Youth received great direction by coaches “Dr. D” (G. David Moss), Tom Apker, and Ms. Velshonna. The group researched climate concerns (flooding), developed an innovative solution, and then built & programmed their robot.

The group met with experts in the area of their research which included meeting with professionals at:

  • WNDU News
  • South Bend Sewer and Water facility
  • Whispering Springs Bottling Company

The students also presented their solution for eliminating flooding of the St. Joseph River to South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke.

“This effort demonstrates our urban youth are motivated to succeed in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and math when given proper support! "
- Jay Caponigro, Former Director, Robinson Community Learning Center