Mason High School hosts district robotics competition

By Daniel Hamburg
Mason Times staff writer

Mason High School is hosting over 1,500 students, faculty and family from across Michigan for the 2014 Lansing FIRST Robotics District Competition on Friday and Saturday. With hundreds of teams throughout Michigan, qualifying district events like this allow teams to earn points to get to the state championship and possibly the world championship. “Unlike other educational competitive events, instead of trying to disqualify people, you’re always trying to encourage them and help them and get their designs working right,” said Mason High School Teacher Ben Shoemaker. “Gracious professionalism and coopertition are the two big things that we push. We want people to be gracious and professional about how they carry themselves, and also to help their teammates and help their opponents be as good as they can too.”

To see the full schedule of events this weekend, click here.

Haslett Robotics ignite student innovation

By Madeline Carino
Meridian Times staff writer

Four years ago, the Haslett Robotics Club consisted of one LEGO robotics team. Today, there are four LEGO teams plus three VEX teams. The robotics club is considered a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program. LEGO participants are typically between ages 9 to 14, and these students work with graphical programming. LEGO teams compete in two or three tournaments throughout the year. For the tournaments, they must program their robots and make a presentation that analyzes how a social issue can be solved using technology.