By Ke’Aundra Jones, News Writer

On Saturday, December 8, 2012, Keenan’s Robotics team, the Robo-Raiders, hosted the Columbia, SC, Regional FIRST Lego League (FLL) completion; this competition was the qualifying event for advancement to state and national competitions.

This year’s challenge was entitled Senior Solutions. The competition was for middle and elementary school student teams. The teams had to build robots to compete in games. The purpose of the games was to give them first-hand experience in getting a sensor-equipped vehicle to gain access to places and things, while avoiding or surviving impacts in test environments.  Teams also participated in technical and research presentations.

Although Keenan did not participate, the Robotics team was host. Sophomores Xavier Douglas and Mia Mack dressed as senior citizens to support the theme. They also assisted other teams in their presentations.

“It was fun helping kids learn real world experiences,” Mack said.

The Keenan participants enjoyed the whole experience and would be glad to do it again.

“We got to interact with other teams and schools,” Sophomore Kendra Entzminger said.

During the competition, the robots had to be able to move a quilt, activate a TV and drop balls.

“I would do this again because it’s always different and fun,” Douglas said.