Eagle robotics team wins South Idaho competition

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-31 20:47:44-05

Lego League robotics teams vied for the top spot in Twin Falls Saturday but only one team was named the champion for all of Southern Idaho.

At the end of the day, the "High Voltage Couch Bananas" from Eagle performed the best in each category.

The robotics league was formed to get kids excited about technology and science, but it's not solely focused on building and programming robots.

Teams are also challenged to research and analyze real-world problems.

One of the High Voltage Couch Bananas team members named Emily talked about how this experience will benefit her in the future: "I think it's an amazing program because, honestly, it helped me in school. I think I learned so much more than I thought I could."

"Since I was used to presenting my piece for our project, it's basically helped us with our presenting skills," added Dillon, another High Voltage Couch Bananas team member.

The challenge's theme this year was to solve a trash-related problem.

Through research, the youngsters found out grass clippings that could be mulched take up about 24 percent of the local landfill. Their solution was to educate the public with trash can stickers, building a website and producing a public service announcement.